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Jean- Baptiste Arban- Variations from Norma

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Joseph Jean Baptiste Laurent Arban  
was a French, born in Lyon February 28, 1825 and died in Paris on April 8, 1889.

Norma (Italian: [ˈnɔrma]) is a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani after the play Norma, ou L'infanticide (Norma, or The Infanticide) by Alexandre Soumet. It was first produced at La Scala in Milan on 26 December 1831.

The opera is regarded as a leading example of the bel canto genre, and the soprano prayer "Casta diva" in act 1 is a famous piece. 

Among the well known singers of Norma of the first half of the 20th century was Rosa Ponselle who played the role in New York and London.

 Notable exponents of the title role in the post-war period have been Maria Callas, Leyla Gencer, Joan Sutherland, and Montserrat Caballé.