Opera Pacific has announced further casting for Bellini's "Norma" and Rossini's "Il Barbieri di Siviglia" to be presented February at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.
In "Norma," soprano Nova Thomas will sing Adalgisa and tenor Cesar-Antonio Suarez will sing Pollione. Dame Joan Sutherland, in the title role, and conductor Richard Bonynge were announced previously. Dates for "Norma" are Feb. 11, 15, 18 and 24.
Thomas, whose coach is Bonynge, was a Metropolitan Opera audition finalist in 1984 and sang Michaele in Bizet's "Carmen" at the Hamburg State Opera during the 1986-87 season. She is scheduled to appear with the Syracuse, Memphis, Indianapolis and San Diego operas in 1988-89.
The Cuban-born Suarez, who received scathing criticism when he sang Pollione at the San Francisco Opera in 1977, was more favorably reviewed in Verdi's Requiem with the Pacific Symphony conducted by Keith Clark in April, 1987.