The Metropolitan's Opera Season Opens With 'Norma'

by Flaunt Intern

Monday, September 25 marks the opening of the Metropolitan's opera season, which will be opening with Vincenzo Bellini's famous, Norma

This opera is set during the first century B.C., when the Romans occupied Gaul. It centers around the daughter (Norma) of a high priest named Orovenso.  Norma has violated her vow of chastity and given birth to two children with a Roman, named Pollione, who has decided he no longer loves her.

Norma,  is a “bel canto,” a type of opera that dominated the Italian art in the 19th century, and it is no easy performance to take on.  The opera features many trills, scales, arpeggios, and complicated characters. Sondra Radvanovsky will be taking on the role of Norma, alongside Joseph Calleja as Pollione. 

Head over to the Met for more information here.

Written by Evelyn Mateos

Title Image Via Lyric Opera of Chicago