-The Spanish conductor will take the helm of this Bellini opera at the Auditorio Baluarte

January 2020

The conductor from Madrid, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, returns to Pamplona again, this time to conduct the opera Norma, Vincenzo Bellini’s most popular opera, at the Auditorio Baluarte concert hall in Pamplona. The Spanish musician is one of the most outstanding world experts on Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti operas, otherwise known as Romantic bel-canto repertoire. He will be taking the helm of a production by the Argentinian director Mario Pontiggia with the soprano Lianna Haroutounian in the title role alongside Susana Cordón as Adalgisa, Sergio Escobar as Pollione and the highly experienced Simón Orfila as Oroveso. “Norma is a high point not just of bel-canto style but of the whole Italian repertoire,” Pérez-Sierra affirms, having conducted the opera for the first time more than a decade ago. “It is a trial by fire, not only for the lead soprano, but for the entire cast, and it is also very demanding on the orchestra and choir. It is a real challenge.

The Bellini opera will be performed on the 7th and 9th February at the Auditorio Baluarte in Pamplona, the capital of Navarra, Spain. After this, three performances of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore await Pérez-Sierra in the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria season, and others of the zarzuela El barberillo de Lavapiés at the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville.