Julia Sporsén returns triumphantly to Folkoperan Stockholm in Norma

21 September 2022

Having sung the role of Isolde in Tristan and Isolde with Folkoperan in 2020, Julia Sporsén has returned to the company to sing the Title role in Norma. Known for the intensity with which she portrays her characters and her captivating stage presence, Julia has delighted audiences once again:

  • "It is one of those shows about which you will say afterwards: I was there. "I was there when Julia Sporsén did "Norma" at Folkoperan”… Julia Sporsén sang the title role so well that we actually didn't have to miss Maria Callas. From death-defying risk-taking to heartfelt mournful songs. And I was there… Julia Sporsén and Ann-Kristin Jones' duets are so insanely expressive and emotional together… something that many will call her definitive breakthrough on a Swedish opera stage… Every fiber of her body convinces. To dwell on her being a dramatic coloratura would be pointless. Sporsén is past show singing. She means what she sings. It's like she just opens her mouth and the music is there. You forget that it is difficult. Of course, it is terribly difficult. But she just is. Norma. And I was there." - Gunilla Brodrej, Expressen
  • "The fairy-tale soprano Julia Sporsén is an obvious center of power in the title role with the aria "Casta diva", where Norma asks the moon goddess for peace. The design comes superbly close to her anguish, how she is torn between being left by partner and mother, scorned yet despairing - not to say completely furious… with beautiful duets between…Adalgisa and the deceived Norma, where Jones and Sporsén swarm together in the name of sisterhood." - Johanna Paulsson, Dagens Nyheter

  • "Julia Sporsén as Norma has a forlorn presence with graceful coloratura. The "Casta diva" aria - in Tuvalisa Rangström's translation "Chaste moon" - becomes a test of strength embedded in melancholy. With the raised orchestra and Ellen Ruge's lights, it becomes like a synesthetic effect where the music is the silvering moonlight." - Loretto Villalobos, Svenska Dagbladet

  • "Stubø and set designer Magdalena Åberg have created a stage space and a direction that allows the two female leads Ann-Kristin Jones and Julia Sporsén to shine as Bellini's lyrical music turns into both a dirty Norén drama and a timeless tragedy that makes you forget the sometimes mannered nature of opera conventions. Musical drama at its best." - Björn Wiman, Dagens Nyheter
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