POLLIONE, Roman Proconsul in Gaul: Tenor
OROVESO, Archdruid, father of Norma): Bass
NORMA, Druid High Priestess: Soprano
ADALGISA, Novice in the Druid temple: Soprano
CLOTILDE, Norma's confidante: Soprano
FLAVIO, Centurion: Tenor
Priests, Officers of the Temple, Gallic Warriors, Bards, Soothsayers, Sacrificers, Priestesses. Two children of Norma and Pollione.
Set in ancient Gaul, Norma tells the story of the struggle between the Druids and the invading Romans. Norma is a Druid priestess who has had two children by the local Roman leader Pollione. But Pollione has fallen in love with Norma’s friend Adalgisa. Distraught, Normal asks Adalgisa to take her children and return with Pollione to Rome. Adalgisa refuses and decides to renounce Pollione and become a priestess. Finally, Norma publicly admits that she has forsaken her vows and is condemned to death. Pollione, moved by her bravery, decides to die with her.