Norma Conquest

The stars of Norma promised me that the show-stopping song at the end of Act II was amazing and they were right. That’s when the characters of Norma and Adalgisa discover they both love the same man, Pollione.

I had the privilege of interviewing Rochelle Bard and Ta’u Pupu’a about Knoxville Opera’s production. The first performance was Friday night and the final performance will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Tennessee Theatre.

This was my first time actually seeing an opera. My parents would go to the opera in New York and my father would listen to records of his favorite operas at home. I also remember him listening to opera broadcasts on Saturday afternoons while we were in the car.

I spotted Mayor Madeline Rogero in the audience near me. There was enough time during one of the intermissions for her to respond to my tweet about seeing her.

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