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New Met Live season opens with Norma

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa and Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Bellini's, Norma.
Contributed Joseph Calleja as Pollione (Left) and Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma.

The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series starts tomorrow with a broadcast of Bellini's Norma. The performance, will feature Sondra Radvanovsky in the titular role with Joseph Calleja as Pollione, Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa, and Matthew Rose as Oroveso.

The production is directed by Sir David McVicar. Carlo Rizzi conducts. Norma will broadcast live 11: 55 a.m. at the Carib 5 cinema.

Sir David McVicar's production takes us to the dreary world of the Druids and their Roman oppressors in Gaul 50BC. Norma,a who is the high priestess of Gaul, has a tempestuous connection with the Roman commander Pollione, which produces two children. Pollione, is no longer in love with Norma, as he has grown fond of the young novice priestess Adalgisa, who he convinces to flee to Roman with him.

Adalgisa confesses to Norma that she has a lover. Norma becomes furious when she finds out about Pollione's plans to desert her for the young novice. The final reckoning comes as Norma threatens to kill her children to spite Pollione and confesses her guilt to her people and to her father Oroveso.

The Met will showcase its new Norma to to 2,000 theatres in 70 countries. This is the first Live in HD transmission of the season. It will be followed by Die Zauberflote on October. 14, The Exterminating Angel on November 18, Tosca on January 27, 2018, L'Elisir d'Amore on February 10, La Boheme on February 24, Semiramide on March 10, Cosi fan tutte on March 31, Luisa Miller on April 14 and Cendrillon on April 28.