In the bel canto masterpiece set during the Roman occupation of England, Adalgisa is a novice Druid priestess who is devoted to her leader, Norma. But she has also fallen in love with the proconsul Pollione and is about to run off with him to Rome when she learns that he has secretly fathered two children by Norma. Horrified, she rejects her lover and reaffirms her loyalty to the high priestess.
To open the Met’s 2017–18 season, powerhouse soprano Sondra Radvanovsky tackled one of opera’s most fearsome roles, the title druid priestess of Bellini’s Norma, and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sang Norma’s friend and rival, Adalgisa, in Sir David McVicar’s evocative production.
Available November 16, 2018
A large part of the opening night success was a stunning performance by Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa, the young novice for whom Pollione plans to discard Norma. DiDonato, who is listed as a mezzo-soprano but who owns a lovely coloratura voice and is at home in bel canto roles, sings beautifully throughout. Her duets with Radvanovsky, especially the second act cabaletta in which the two women pledge friendship, are tender and moving ... she and Radvanovsky form a perfect match, especially in their reconciliation duet.
Wilborn Hampton - The Huffington Post
Release date: November 16, 2018 Number of Discs: 1 Format: DVD / Blu-ray Label: Warner Classics/Parlophone ASIN: B07HGR7P4Z
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Who’s ready to play?!?!?! TODAY we release the first track of my new album: SONGPLAY - celebrating life, a great song, and above all, LOVE! On my last album I sang about the idea of peace, inviting you to nurture it within. If you’ve managed to stay there, the next step should surely be joy, no? I’d recommend throwing your friends a fabulous, old-fashioned dinner party (perhaps Italian cuisine is in order?), press play, and revel in the joy of meeting some old standards in a new light. Once you hear this band, trust me, you’re going to want to sing along!
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