The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, starring Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, Matthew Rose is Oroveso, 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 is an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. It examines an ageless archetype: a powerful woman compromises her ideals for love only to find herself betrayed by her lover. 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.
Ticket holders are invited to attend an opening night reception beginning at 6PM.