MET Opera: Bellini's Norma

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Sir David McVicar directs this evocative new production of Bellini's masterpiece from the MET Opera House in New York. Bellini’s masterpiece boasts one of the most famous arias in all of opera, the beautiful 'Casta diva.'

Directed by Sir David McVicar, this new production sets the action deep in a Druid forest, where nature and ancient ritual rule. The priestess Norma is torn between loyalty to her oppressed people and love for a Roman soldier. On the eve of a Druid revolt, she must choose between two agonising betrayals—only to learn that she herself has already been betrayed.

Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma and Joyce DiDonato as her rival Adalgisa lead a cast of bel canto heavyweights, with Joseph Calleja as Norma’s unfaithful lover, Pollione, and British favourite Matthew Rose returning to the Met as Norma’s father, Oroveso.

Press for Norma:

“Sondra Radvanovsky and Joyce DiDonato triumph in a new Norma … An inspired performance in a striking new production … Radvanovsky surpassed all expectations … A stunning performance by DiDonato … A standing ovation that went on and on.” Huffington Post

“Radvanovsky, with her bright, powerful voice and dramatic fervor, excelled … DiDonato’s melting tone and natural richness of voice were ideal … Both singers give their all in affecting performances … Joseph Calleja’s voice is … burnished and ardent … With McVicar’s staging, the greatness of this Bellini opera came through in scene after scene.” New York Times

“Radvanovsky achieved ultimate prima donna status last night … A gripping and insightful performance … DiDonato’s regal stage presence and electrifying vocal style instantly command attention.” New York Observer

“Radvanovsky commands all the elements for this challenging role … DiDonato reveled in the opportunity to show her softer side, deploying warmth and power.” Wall Street Journal

“Radvanovsky offered magnificent singing in a deeply felt performance … DiDonato responded to the heated emotional temperature by literally flinging herself into it.” Washington Post

“Combustible singing.” WQXR

“The three leads provide plenty of dazzlement … The chorus alone could power an aircraft carrier.” New York magazine

“Bravos and bravas showered the performers.”


Enjoy a pre-show supper for £8.50. Please book 48 hours in advance. See menu below:

  • Beef Paprika
  • Lamb Stewed with Tomato and Garlic
  • Chick Pea and Harissa Stew

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