Casta Diva Norma

6 October 2018, 09:58

The role of Norma is one of the most taxing and wide-ranging parts in the repertory of bel canto opera. The role was written for the famed soprano Giuditta Pasta, who reportedly balked at the difficulty of “Casta Diva.” Bellini’s music is typified by melodic and rhythmic symmetry, and “Casta Diva” is. 7 scores found for 'Casta Diva' from Norma' Details. 24 Piano Transcriptions - 2nd Edition (From Orchestral, Operatic, Vocal, and Chamber Works) Piano solo Sheet music Alfred Publishing (2) $18.99 - See more - Buy online Pre.

The legendary Spanish opera singer has died aged 85 and this haunting performance of the famous aria by Bellini is a reminder of just what a phenomenal singer she was

Montserrat Caballé made her name singing operas by the likes of Puccini, Verdi and Donizetti. But this might be one of the most beautiful performances of her whole career.

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Bellini, Vincenzo Casta Diva from Norma Midi file for Voice (midi) -

The aria 'Casta Diva' comes from Bellini's opera Norma, and is a moment of stillness and calm before an oncoming war. Norma, the head priestess, leads her people in a mesmerising prayer to the goddess of the moon ('Casta diva' translates as 'chaste goddess').

It's an exquisite example of the 'bel canto' style and is also, famously, one of the most challenging pieces ever written for soprano: it requires both a delicately flexible voice, for those vocal fireworks, but also a strong and powerful instrument over a large range of notes.

CastaDiva is a 5 star luxury resort located in Blevio in the province of Como, Italy. The heart of the resort consists of the Roccabruna Villa, which was once the home of soprano Giuditta Pasta and where the composer Vincenzo Bellini wrote his two most famous works: La Sonnambula and Norma.[1]


The resort is named after the most famous aria from Norma: Casta Diva.


Roccabruna Villa was built in the eighteenth century on the shores of Lake Como in the village of Blevio and was later restored by the opera singer Giuditta Pasta. The renovations were carried out between 1827 and 1829 by architect Philip Ferranti.[2]

The house was a meeting place for many artists, composers and singers. A frequent visitor was Vincenzo Bellini who, aided by the lake landscape of Moltrasio and Blevio, gave life to his work 'Norma', which was first performed by Giuditta Pasta. That opera featured the aria 'Casta Diva', which became one of the most famous arias of the nineteenth century[3] The chronicles report that in 1829 Gaetano Donizetti spent a month in the villa while composing the Opera 'Anna Bolena'.


Present day[edit]

In 2014 Top GearSeries 21 Episode 02 was filmed at the hotel.

The villa has been newly renovated and houses the CastaDiva Resort & Spa, which has 75 rooms, 2 restaurants, 4 conference rooms and a spa of 1,330 square metres (14,300 sq ft).[4]

The CastaDiva Resort & Spa has been acquired by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in 2018, and since its openening in spring 2019 the hotel has been renamed as 'Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como'. [5]



  1. ^'Europe Luxury Hotels & Resorts: CastaDiva Resort - Lake Como, Italy - 5 Star Luxury Hotel'. 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^'Blevio, Villa Pasta e Villa Roccabruna' (in Italian). 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^.Official Site (2011). 'Storia' (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2011-09-09. Retrieved 1 November 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^'CastaDiva'. Archived from the original on 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  5. ^'CastaDiva di blevio diventa resort Mandarin Oriental Lake Como'. Retrieved 20 March 2020.

External links[edit]

  • Official Site (in English)

Coordinates: 45°50′58″N9°06′32″E / 45.8494°N 9.1090°E

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