Review Roundup: NORMA at the Metropolitan Opera
NORMA opened at the Metropolitan Opera starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. Angela Meade also stars, along with mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich (Adalgisa) and tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko (Pollione). Riccardo Frizza conducts. The production runs though November 1, 2013. For tickets or more information, visit: http://www.metoperafamily.org/opera/norma-bellini-tickets.aspx
Let's see what the critics had to say:
BWW's own Scott Frost says: Bellini's "Norma" opened at the Metropolitan Opera last Monday night to a full audience giving resounding praise to the leading lady, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. Ms. Radvanovsky's performance of the title role was incredibly expressive and most articulately nuanced. Her inaugural American performance of the role was the driving force that kept John Copley's otherwise dull production moving forward. Having been the first time she has sung bel canto at this house, she performed with amazing elegance, drawing the audience to her voice with seductive pianissimos and trumpeting top notes.
Vivien Schweitzer of the NY Times says: Ms. Radvanovsky proved dramatically and vocally arresting in her inaugural American performance of Bellini's "Norma," as John Copley's drab production returned to the Met for the first time this season. Ms. Radvanovsky has made a name for herself in recent years as a Verdi interpreter, but recently added bel canto roles to her repertory. She has described the title character in "Norma," which she recently sang in a concert performance in Catalonia, Spain, as her ideal role both vocally and temperamentally.
Barry Bassis of Epoch Times says: As expected, Radvanovsky brought the house down with her rendition of the famous aria "Casta diva" in the first act and maintained the high standard throughout. No one else on stage quite matched her.... As Adalgisa, mezzo Kate Aldrich blended well in her duos with Radvanovsky but the combination lacked the electricity of the Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne recording of "Norma," admittedly a high bar to overcome.... Tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko (Pollione) has a fiery style and hits ringing high notes but is somewhat more convincing as a soldier than a lover. James Morris's Oroveso was solid, though his voice has become rather dry.