21 Jan 2018

BELLINI: Norma

From Opera on Sunday, 6:00 pm on 21 January 2018
Norma at the Metropolitan Opera

Norma at the Metropolitan Opera Photo: @2017KenHoward/MetropolitanOpera

Sunday 21 January at 6.00pm on RNZ Concert

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season

BELLINI: Norma

Premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1831. This opera is an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman 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 that few can rise to: those who have are part of operatic lore.

Norma.......................... Angela Meade

Adalgisa...................... Jamie Barton

Pollione....................... Joseph Calleja

Oroveso....................... Matthew Rose

Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra/Joseph Colaneri (EBU)

Synopsis of Norma

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