The Met: Live in HD kicks off
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.
The “magic” of The Met: Live in HD events is that they are delivered 100 percent live via satellite. Audiences throughout the world experience the production at the same time as the audience sitting in the Metropolitan Opera itself. Additionally, between acts, the Live in HD viewers are treated to backstage interviews and other features the “in person” audiences never see.
The Met Live in HD features nine additional operas in the 2017-2018 season:
- Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) – Oct. 14, 2017
- The Exterminating Angel (T. Adès) (new production) – Nov. 18, 2017
- Tosca (Puccini) (new production) – Jan. 27, 2018
- L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti) – Feb. 10, 2018
- La Bohème (Puccini) – Feb. 24, 2018
- Semiramide (Rossini) – Mar. 10, 2018
- Così fan tutte (Mozart) (new production) – Mar. 31, 2018
- Luisa Miller (Verdi) – April 14, 2018
- Cendrillon (Massenet) (new production) – April 28, 2018
Since the Live in HD series launched in 2006, more than 17 million tickets have been sold to opera lovers worldwide. The Met: Live in HD is now seen in more than 2,000 theaters in 70 countries.
Advance tickets for individual screenings of The Met: Live in HD ($20-$23 plus service fee) are available on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 970.247.7657, or at the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave. in Downtown Durango.
Tickets are also available on the morning of each performance, one hour in advance of show time, at the FLC Student Union.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, the Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.