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The Lesher Center for the Arts will no longer require proof of vaccination or masks to be worn for entry, beginning July 1, 2022. However, wearing a mask in an indoor public setting continues to be strongly recommended by Contra Costa Health Services.

Ticket Office

Wed – Sun: Noon – 6:00pm
Mon – Tues: Closed*

Calls: 925-943-7469

Walk Up: 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA  94596



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(925) 295-1400

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*In addition to the hours noted, the Ticket Office is also open one hour prior and thirty minutes after curtain for ticketed performances, including performances on Mondays, Tuesdays, and most City holidays.

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Norma

Norma

Ticket Office

Wednesday – Sunday: Noon – 6:00pm
Monday – Tuesday: Closed*

Calls: 925-943-7469

Walk Up: 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA  94596

*In addition to the hours noted, the Ticket Office is also open one hour prior and thirty minutes after curtain for ticketed performances, including performances on Mondays, Tuesdays, and most City holidays.

Presented by Festival Opera
By Vincenzo Bellini
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
July 8 - 10, 2022

Packed with vocal fireworks, achingly beautiful arias and fierce characters, this iconic opera stands at the pinnacle of the bel canto repertoire. Even Wagner, who didn’t like Italian opera, admired Bellini and Norma tremendously as an example of the essence of what opera can emotionally deliver. Come and bask in an evening of 19th-century diva power anthems and famous duets, this opera is FULL of hits! 

Running Time: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes, with one intermission
Set against the struggles of culture and religion in Roman occupied Gaul, NORMA is an epic story of love, lust, and the struggle for power. The druid high-priestess and daughter of King Oroveso, Norma is secretly in a love affair with a man who should be her enemy; the Roman proconsul Pollione. After years of hiding their affair - breaking Norma’s vow of purity - and two children together, Pollione becomes infatuated with a young novice priestess; Norma’s confidante Adalgisa.

Norma is now tasked with leading a rebellion against the Roman legions. She is in deep conflict over the fate of her children in the impending war. Adalgisa is torn between love for Pollione, betrayal of Norma and of her own vows. Pollione is driven by his desire for dominance. Betrayal, heartbreak, rage and the clash of cultures weigh heavily on this love triangle. In the end someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice. 

CAST & CREATIVE
Norma: Shana Blake Hill
Adalgisa: Ashley Dixon
Pollione: Dane Suarez
Oroveso: Kevin Thompson
Flavio: Marcus J. Paige
Clotilde: Lily Bogas

Director: Mark Foehringer
Conductor: Bryan Nies
With the Festival Opera Orchestra & Chorus

At the request of Festival Opera, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all guests age 12 and over, and face coverings are required to be worn by all guests age two and over for entry to this performance. These requirements are in place specifically for Festival Opera's production and may not apply to other events happening at a similar time within the Lesher Center. 

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