Met Opera Live presents: ‘Norma’


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The Met Opera Live continues its series with “Norma” on Oct. 7.

Steven Martz, Staff writer

Once again, the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture is providing the community with the amazing opportunity to watch a world-class performance right here at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.
On Oct. 7, there will be a live stream of “Norma” from the Metropolitan Opera.
The performance will start at 12:55 p.m.
The opera will have a total run time of 3 hours and 4 minutes, including one 30-minute intermission.
“Norma” was created by Sicilian composer Vincenzo Bellini in the 1820s.
Felice Romani is the librettist behind this wonderful opera.
“Norma” is sung in Italian with subtitles in English.
The opera is set in Gaul, which is present-day France and its surrounding area, when the Roman Empire began to occupy the area.
The opera is a show-stopper with a common theme – the struggle of a powerful woman and giving up her power for the love of a jealous man, only to have that man betray her and their love.
Norma then must deal with the rival, who is the younger woman who bewitched her man.
The music is extraordinary in this opera with a strong melody that is broken up by sharp moments of raw emotion and drama.
Carlo Rizzi will be conducting during the opera.
The cast of all-stars includes Sondra Radvanovs as Norma, Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa, Joseph Calleja as Pollione, and Matthew Rose as Oroveso.
Buy your tickets at the box office, online or over the phone.
As always, tickets are free for Mercyhurst students, $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students of other institutions and $10 for youth.