Norma (1831) is Italian opera composer Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini’s greatest work. Bellini was the quintessential composer of bel canto opera, he died at the age of 33. His “Norma” has been looked at from the vantage point of the Verismo era at the beginning of the 20th century. Cecilia Bartoli presents Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma on this new recording, for more than two decades, Cecilia Bartoli has indisputably been one of the leading artists in the field of classical music. For the first time ever the entire music is recorded with period instruments from Bellini’s time. Traditional cuts are reinstated. Keys and tonalities are put back into place and the music is executed according to Bellini’s own tempo indications. A new critical music edition was compiled from the autograph score and many manuscript sources.