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Gina Cigna to Sing Role of Norma .
For 183rd Time in Opera Broadcast
By GINA CIGNA
So many of opera’s loves end In
tragedy. Almost every familiar oper
atic heroine that comes to mind—
Violetta, Madame Butterfly, Mimi,
Tosca, Gilda, Nedda, Aida, Manon—
each breathes her last before the
conductor lays down his baton.
Somehow It seems that before a tem
pestuous love reaches its climax, one
or both of the principals must die;
or at least, one must be !"ft grieving
at the deathbed.
There are, I suppose, several rea
sons for this. One certainly is that
great composers almost invariably
choose, for their most serious works,
the classic Greek tragedy form, with
its central figure overwhelmed by
fate. But beyond this, perhaps, lies a
reason to be found in the character
of operatic music itself For it must
arouse emotions or it fails of its pur
pose. And in tragic love, with its
sharp conflicts of loyalties and pas
sions. these emotions are found in
their purest and most intense states.
Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma.” in
which I will take the title role next
Saturday afternoon at the Metropoli
tan Opera, has all these elemental
passions. Its centra) figure, the high
priestess, is torn between passionate
love and jealous hatred -a I tv
to her people.
It will be my first Nor...- auer
ica. this one to be broadcast by the
National Broadcasting Company and
the Radio Corporation of America,
but 1 have already sung it 1S2 times
in the great operas of Europe and
South America. The most memor
able were my three at the Bellini cen
tenary last vear at his birthplace
Catania. !;n y. a: the foot of .
The tragedy is laid in ancieu- ..
where the people, chafing under Ro
man rule, await only the decree of
Irminsul. the Druid deity, to rise
against their conquerors. But it is
through Norma that Irminsul speaks
and she, In violation of her tows of
chastity, has borne the Proconsul
Pollione two children.
The opera opens in the sacred
grove with armed Gauls clamoring
for war. Norma, weak in her love for
Pollione. counsels waiting and they
depart disappointed. Pollione, now
following a new passion for the vir
gin priestess. Adalgisa, is also with
in the wood He comes upon ter in
prayer and. stilling her compunc
tions. makes htr ptomse to flv with
him to Rome.
The unwitting Adalgisa confides j
tn Norma. Moved by memories of her
first passion. Norma is ready to re
lease the distraught girl from her
vows until suddenly she is con
fronted by Pollione. Bitterly she
chides him for his perfidy He
swears that his love for Norma is
dead, that it is his destiny to love
Adalgisa forever “My vengeance.”
cries Norma, “night and day shall
-age around thee'” He defies her as
he s. und of the ■■■ d In- • n- -"ds
Beside hersdl *»uti u- rage. ,
Norma thinks to murder her chil
dren and expiate her sin on the sac
rificial pyre. She "ai .s a dagger to
strike, but her mother's love stays
the hand. Still bent on her own de
struction, she charges Adalgisa to
care for her children that they may
live with their father Then the girl,
trying to undo the damage she has
caused, assures Norma that she will
bring Pollione’s love back to her.
Again Norma is a woman in love.
Quickened by hope, she dreams of
the supplicating lover's return. “At
that thought.” she breathes, “the
bright sun smiles as in rr’ ■'
loved days of happiness ”
Pollione flatly refuses a...
in the full fury of a woman scorned.
Norma decrees war. “Lik“ ripened
corn beneath tile sickle." she rages,
“shall the Roman forces fall!” But
where the sacrifice to consummate
Irminsul’s rit s? “Never.” anrw rs
Norma, “did •«
At that ..
prised in the tempi.- >f the virg..,s.
is dragged before the priests and the
multitude clamors for his blood.
Norma seizes a sword to strike; but
she cannot. She hedges, begs time to
question the prisoner instead she
pleads and bargains for his love,
promising life and freedom if he
will hut renounce Adalgisa. Still he
refuses. Norma threatens to sacri
fice Adalgisa; “through her !n»r>r* !
shall strike thine!”
Then, in the last scene, occurs a
situation so frequently met with in
real life. Norma has summoned
priests, bards and warriors, but she
cannot bring herself to point out the
victim. Caught in an emotional jam.
she suddenly points to herself, she
has broken het vows and the penalty
is death She mounts the pyre, to be
followed by Pollione. as suddenly
swept up by the sa • ■ u-st of em<
Giovanni Martindi. will be our
Pollione in Saturday's performance
and Bruna Castagna will portray the
bewildered Adalgisa. Others in tht
cast will be Ezio Pinza. Thelm;
Votipka and Giordano Paltrinieri
Ettore Panizza will conduct. '
i if ‘Chari. Oraaon# William/
President of National Federation of Business
and PsofedUonal Woman's Clubs, Inc.
| The niece of the English pcec
Dante Gabriele Rosetti has come to
this country to lecture. Signora
j Olivia Rosetti Agresti has been
, heard by American audiences before
who are looking forward to learn
ing more about the woman of mo
dern Italy, Italian labor policies and
other interesting subjects of her
native land. Signora Agresti, who
; is London born, has spent her life
1 studying the social and economic
! movements in Europe.
| May Preston Slosson was the
i first woman to receive a PH. D. de
I gree from Cornell and when she
! lived in Wyoming she was the only
woman prison chaplain in the na
; tion. Her husband was Edwin E.
Slosson, editor and author of many
! works on popular science.
*► *»■ *
! The fifth annual $1,000 Gimbel
j Award has been given to Miss
i Frances A. Wister, president of the
| women’s committee for the Phila
delphia Orchestra and president of
the Philadelphia Society for the
Preservation of Landmarks. She was
the unanimous choice of the com
mittee from a list of eighty-two
Philadelphia women. I
As an emissary of the Emerg
ency Peace Campaign, Miss Maude
Royden, British leader, social
worker and Oxford lecturer, has
arrived in this country to give a
series of lectures. She was one of
the first women clergy of the Es
tablished Church of England and
one of the first women extension
lecturers for Oxford University.
* * *
The American Association of ;
Variable Star Observers, which is j
sponsored by Harvard, numbers;
about three hundred active mem ■
bers and includes in its membership
fifty volunteer women stargazers, j
Three women have been president!
in the last twelve years.
* * *
The Geographical Society of
America has elected to membership
Dr. Alice Evelyn Wilson of the
Geological Survey' of Canada at j
* * *
The director of Germany’s wo
men’s activities is Frau Gertrud
Scholtz-Klink, who has been called
the "First Lady” in her own land.
Under her the German women are
organized for the better bearing |
and care of their children.
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AMERICA’S pride is again asserting itself in i
home and in business. America’s common sense a
is again in the saddle and national thriftiness is
manifesting itself as home and property owners j
everywhere refuse to sit by and see good invest- £
ments go from bad to worse through lack of re
pairing modernizing and, in general, fixing up i
* . . . Reports from all parts of the country tell of v
increased activities in modernizing homes and I
business places.; or increased sales in men’s, wo- >
men’s and children’s apparel; of a growing vol- ^
ume of sales of new and used automobiles; and 1
of a general step-up in business all down the f
line. . . . All this news should be a signal to the £
home and property owners of this entire com- 1
munity that it is time to get going. Let’s all open i
our personal plan books, loosen the purse strings ^
and start action by putting those needed repairs, 1
improvements and building jobs in the hands \
of skilled and willing workmen. Then let’s turn >
the mirror on the family wardrobe and replenish f
it liberally with Spring attire. ^
I READ THE ADS IN THIS NEWSPAPER |
| THEY TELL YOU H OW TO MODERNIZE |
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