RETRO+ Short Cuts
Casta Diva: Chaste Goddess
"Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma. The operatic zenith of Bellini's tale of a doomed Druid priestess sends prayers to the heavens in the light of a full moon. Sung by Elena Stikhina in BLO's never-seen 2020 production, Norma’s prayer is the musical foundation for an awe-inspiring display of humankind's own journeys into space.
NORMA, with OROVESO and CHORUS:
Who bathes in silver light
This sacred grove,
Turn your face upon us,
That radiant face, unclouded, unveiled.
Bring calm, o goddess.
Temper the burning hearts,
The wild courage of thy people.
Enfold the earth
In luminous peace,
Which, through you, reigns in heaven.
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