Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma is arguably the ultimate girl power opera, with a fiery and dramatic plot that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Norma tells the story of Druid High Priestess Norma (Angela Meade), who loves and has two children with her greatest enemy – Pollione (Russell Thomas), the leader of an occupying Roman army. It turns out that Pollione’s affections have shifted to a younger priestess named Adalgisa (Jamie Barton).
I know what you’re thinking – what’s so girl power about that? Well, after discovering that they both love the same man, Norma and Adalgisa put their differences aside, team up, and set out to unravel their tangled situation before their Druid tribesman revolt and declare war against the Romans.
To help everyone get in an empowering mood, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 girl-power anthems for you to listen to until the opening night of Norma this Saturday. Here’s a list of 10 stellar girl power songs.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Fighter – Cristina Aguilera
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keyes
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Independent Women – Destiny’s Child
No Scrub – TLC
Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé
Firework – Katy Perry
Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Check out the rest of our Norma Girl Power playlist on Spotify!
Audrey Register is a journalism and public relations major at Belmont University, graduating in May of 2016. Originally from North Carolina, she is currently an intern at LA Opera and also an opera newbie.
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