Fort Worth Opera

The plot and setting of "Norma" provide ample challenge for the modern director. Audiences in Italy in the 1830's were so focused on beautiful singing that dramatic motion takes a back seat. Aiming at the audience in 2002, director David Gately maintained a reasonable pace; the singing actors and actresses constantly created enough intensity to keep the audience's interest. The introduction of a chilling ritualistic human sacrifice at the opening of the performance provided an appropriate sense of cold violence.

— Forth Worth Star Telegram