Norma, A Tragic Opera, in two acts... as represented at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, April 1843. Authorized Edition. London: W.S. Johnson... Published and Sold at Her Majesty's Theatre; also by Seguin... Hookham, Mitchell, and Ebers... and Andrews, 1843. [Libretto]. Vincenzo BELLINI.

Norma, A Tragic Opera, in two acts... as represented at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, April 1843. Authorized Edition. London: W.S. Johnson... Published and Sold at Her Majesty's Theatre; also by Seguin... Hookham, Mitchell, and Ebers... and Andrews, 1843. [Libretto].

Octavo. Disbound. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto "Argument," verso named cast list in Italian including Lablache, Conti, Galli, Grisi, Moltini, and Bellini), [i] (cast list in English), [6]-75, [i] pp.

With:
- Norma. Tragedia lirica in due Atti di Felice Romani. Firenze: Eduardo Ducci, [ca. 1835]. Octavo. Disbound. 24 pp. Final leaf slightly defective at inner margin with minor loss to blank margin.
- Norma Tragedia Lirica in tre atti poesia di Felice Romani. Napoli: dell' Editore, 1857. Octavo. Original blue printed wrappers. 28 pp. Wrappers slightly stained, creased, and chipped at margins; upper detached.

All libretti slightly worn.

Norma, to a libretto by Felice Romani after Alexandre Soumet’s verse tragedy Norma, was first performed in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on December 26, 1831.

"Norma has always been revered above other Italian operas of the period... The title role is one of the most taxing and wide-ranging parts in the entire repertory: a noble character whose tragedy lies in her fatal love for an enemy of her people. The many different aspects of Norma’s temperament are marvellously drawn by Bellini, not only in the aria ‘Casta diva’, but also in the superb duets with Adalgisa and Pollione, and in the ensemble in the finale of Act 2, where Bellini reaches his peak as a musical dramatist." Simon Maguire and Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. Item #28142

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