Domenico Donzelli, Giuditta Pasta,
and Giulia Grisi (original cast)
Sutherland in 1975
Beverly Sills in 1956, photo by Carl Van Vechten
Librettist Felice Romani
Sutherland in 1962
Sills in Manon, 1969
Giuditta Pasta for whom the role of Norma was created
Joan Sutherland in 1990
Sills in 1984
Poster advertising the 1831 premiere
The tombstone of Beverly Sills in Kensico Cemetery
Domenico Donzelli sang Pollione
Giulia Grisi sang Adalgisa
Vincenzo Negrini sang Oroveso
Giulia Grisi dressed as Norma. In 1831, she also sang the role of Adalgisa
Act 2 finale, Luigi Lablache as Oroveso, Giulia Grisi (as Norma), Dominique Conti as Pollione. Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 1843
Alessandro Sanquirico's set design for act 1, scene 2, for the original production
Drawing for Norma (undated)

Notable exponents of the title role in the post-war period have been Maria Callas, Leyla Gencer, Joan Sutherland, and Montserrat Caballé.

- Norma (opera)

She was engaged by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as a utility soprano, and made her debut there on 28 October 1952, as the First Lady in The Magic Flute, followed in November by a few performances as Clotilde in Vincenzo Bellini's opera Norma, with Maria Callas as Norma.

- Joan Sutherland

Throughout the decade, four other bel canto specialists debuted their Normas: Radmila Bakočević, Montserrat Caballé, Beverly Sills, and Renata Scotto.

- Norma (opera)

Her farewell performance was at San Diego Opera in 1980, where she shared the stage with Joan Sutherland in a production of Die Fledermaus.

- Beverly Sills

Although Sills' voice type was characterized as a "lyric coloratura", she took a number of heavier spinto and dramatic coloratura roles more associated with heavier voices as she grew older, including Bellini's Norma, Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia (with Susanne Marsee as Orsini) and the latter composer's "Three Queens", Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux (opposite Plácido Domingo in the title part).

- Beverly Sills

In 1971, Time writes an article comparing Sutherland and Beverly Sills,

- Joan Sutherland
Domenico Donzelli, Giuditta Pasta,
and Giulia Grisi (original cast)

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