Opening night at the Metropolitan Opera is one of the classical music world's most exciting and glamorous events, and this year is no exception.
The curtain rises on the Met's 2017-18 season on Monday, Sept. 25, with a new production of Bellini's Norma and a dream cast: Canadian–American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title role alongside mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (Adalgisa), tenor Joseph Calleja (Pollione) and bass-baritone Matthew Rose (Oroveso). Carlo Rizzi conducts; the new production is signed by David McVicar.
When Radvanovsky made her role debut in a 2013 production of Norma at the Met, the New York Times reviewer wrote, "She wielded her full-bodied dramatic soprano, with its distinctive dark-hued timbre and vibrato, to potent effect." Fans are looking forward to hearing not only how her interpretation has matured in the intervening years, but also to her collaboration with DiDonato and Calleja in the opera's famous ensembles.
There will be a video simulcast of the performance in Times Square, plus — great news! — the audio will be streamed on the Met's website.
Here's the production's video preview:
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