“If I were shipwrecked, I would leave all of my other operas and try to save Norma.”
—Vincenzo Bellini

"You can see Casablanca over and over, designed to be frozen in time. But the best live performance art – not once-removed audio or videoed versions – is a transient one-time experience.

So when Florida Grand Opera agreed to produce Norma, Bellini’s masterpiece infrequently mounted because of its Herculean demands on the few divas willing to perform it, it provided an opportunity for local audiences to experience what they had only heard other people talk about or had listened to on recordings.

Fortunately, FGO’s version that opened Saturday is a superbly executed triumph that melds technical mastery and gut-wrenching emotion."

-Florida Theatre on Stage

"Norma poses huge challenges, requiring singers with great flexibility and an extended vocal range. Florida Grand Opera’s production of this operatic landmark, which opened Saturday night at the Arsht Center avoids the usual pitfalls and delivered a frequently brilliant realization of Bellini’s masterpiece."

-South Florida Classical Review