2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
uneven and mostly uninvolved performance,
This review is from: Bellini: Norma (Audio CD)
Bartoli proves in a way how difficult bellini is to sing and how much it demands to be a good norma. The bellini lines are long drawn. Bartoli has problems not shortening them due to the lack of breath. Neither the tenor nor the bass are good enough. If one listens to callas december 1955 or caballe 1974, they are singing properly and the performance has an incredible fire and intensity. They sing about life itself. There is a dramatic irony that bartoli et.al. is far away from.
The only one who carries the performance is sumi jo. Her adalgisa is an ideal. And she sounds very committed all through.
When singing is like this the orgininal score is not to much help.