Bellini’s Tragic Opera, Norma at Incarnation, San Francisco

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 7:30 pm

Bay Shore Lyric Opera present’s Bellini’s tragic opera, Norma. Written by Romantic-era Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini in the spring of 1831 and premiering at La Scala in Milan in December of that year, “Norma” is a tragedy in two acts that take place in 50 B.C. Gaul. The druid priestess, Norma, has had an illicit affair with Pollione, an officer in the forces occupying her land, and has had two children by him. Pollione has now tired of Norma and taken up with the younger priestess Adalgisa. Meanwhile, Norma’s people cry out for rebellion against the occupying forces. Will Norma take revenge on Pollione, and will her people discover her secret? The opera features Bellini’s signature long melodies and is considered a masterpiece of the bel canto genre, which is defined by a highly expressive style of singing.

Bay Shore Lyric Opera Company was founded in 1996 by a group of passionate musicians and singers who had the desire to bring opera to all ages and all communities, and to educate and entertain them with the strongest commitment to quality. It has produced over forty operas on a grand scale at the Villa Montalvo Carriage House, Fox Theater in Redwood City, San Mateo Performing Arts Center, the Capitola Theater, and the Mountain Winery.

Bay Shore Lyric Opera Company is unique in that it offers a wide variety of production venues for any event and educational tools as well. Its resident artists are available for hire for school outreach programs, company conventions, weddings, and other events.

Mathew Chacko


Incarnation Church
1750 29th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122-4223
Phone: 415.564.2324