anon in Royal Festival Hall

from Southbank Centre Archive:

A life-changing moment for me! I shall never forget the concert performance of Bellini's 'Norma' with Montserrat Caballe and Fiorenza Cossotto - singers at the height of their fame and at their peak vocally. I remember the lighting effect too especially as Montserrat started to sing 'Canta Diva?' . I was 20 and have never heard such a beautiful voice and heavenly music combined. At the end of 'Mira? O Norma' the two ladies embraced and the audience went mad - everyone stood and screamed. They winked at each other and gave us an encore! At the end everyone mobbed the platform - it was the…   more >>
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Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 16 January, 2022 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall


Listening to

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written by Vincenzo Bellini
performed by Fiorenza Cossotto, Montserrat Cabelle

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:47:38 +0000
Approved on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:56:43 +0000