Vincenzo Bellini
Lyric tragedy in two acts
Libretto by Felice Romani
From the tragedy Norma ou L’infanticide by Alexandre Sourmet

with Italian and English surtitles

Norma (20 and 26 July, 4 and 9 August) by Vincenzo Bellini (a.k.a. the swan from Catania) is due to celebrate the 60th opera season at the Sferisterio. It was one of the few operas that were considered to be first staged in the arena, at the beginning of the Twentieth century, and it is revamped this year to celebrate the town of Macerata and the citizens who made every effort to make the Sferisterio an opera venue. This new production is signed by director and documentary producer Maria Mauti, who debuts this year as opera director. A Belcanto expert will conduct the orchestra, i.e. Fabrizio Maria Carminati, who is also artistic director of the Bellini theatre in Catania, Italy. Amongst the soloists, Marta Torbidoni (as Norma), a young soprano born in the Marche region who is making a great international career, but also Roberta Mantegna as Adalgisa. The male roles are taken by Antonio Poli (Pollione) and Riccardo Fassi (Oroveso).

Opera in two acts, libretto by Felice Romani. It is inspired by a tragedy written by Louis-Alexandre Soumet (1786-1845) and it was composed by Vincenzo Bellini in 1831, in less than three months. It premiered at Teatro alla Scala on 26 December of the same year and it was a great fiasco, mainly as an opposition to the composer himself and the female protagonist, Giuditta Pasta. Today, it is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Romantic opera. The story, close to the myth of Medea, is centred upon love, jealousy and revenge among betrayed lovers.

  • Saturday 20 July H 21:00
  • Friday 26 July H 21:00
  • Sunday 4 August H 21:00
  • Friday 9 August H 21:00

Tutti all’opera

Teatro Lauro Rossi – Wednesday 10 July

Arena Sferisterio – Thursday 11 July
Open stage rehearsal

Tickets on sale from 19 December, 2023. At the box office in Macerata and online


  • Conductor
    Fabrizio Maria Carminati
  • Stage direction
    Maria Mauti
  • Set design
    Garcés – de Seta – Bonet Arquitectes in collaboration with Carles Berga
  • Costumes
    Nicoletta Ceccolini
  • Light designer
    Peter van Praet
  • Pollione
    Antonio Poli
  • Oroveso
    Riccardo Fassi
  • Norma
    Marta Torbidoni
  • Adalgisa
    Roberta Mantegna
  • Clotilde
    Carlotta Vichi
  • Flavio
    Paolo Antognetti

FORM-Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana

Lyric chorus of the Marche Region “Vincenzo Bellini”
Chorus master Martino Faggiani

Pueri Cantores “D. Zamberletti”
Chorus master Gian Luca Paolucci

Salvadei Brass Band

New production by Associazione Arena Sferisterio


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