The Met: Live in HD with Bellini’s Norma
The 2017-18 season of The Met: Live in HD kicks off with Bellini’s Norma
Metropolitan Opera performances transmitted live in High-Definition to FLC campus
DURANGO, Colo. – The Met: Live in HD, presented by the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, kicks off the 2017-2018 series on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, with a new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma. As in previous years, The Met’s performances will be screened in the Vallecito Room of the FLC Student Union.
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa – Norma is called a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful husband, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.
Norma will be broadcast live in high definition from the Metropolitan Opera beginning at 10:55 a.m. Run time is approximately 3 hours, with one intermission.
The opera premiered at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1831 and is considered an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman who compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover. But equally gripping is her relationship with the younger woman who is the new object of her former lover’s attention and in whom Norma sees both a rival and a second self.
The title role demands dramatic vocal power combined with the agility and technique of a coloratura singer. It is a daunting challenge to which few can rise, and those who have are part of operatic lore. Noted the Huffington Post in 2013 when Radvanovsky made her debut in the role: “Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list.”
View the promotional trailer for Norma at http://ow.ly/EZjM30fyRNb.