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The Metropolitan Opera Opens the Season with Bellini's Norma

Sep. 01, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera Opens the Season with Bellini's <em>Norma</em>

The Metropolitan Opera opens its 2017-2018 season on September 25 with a new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, using the recently completed critical edition published by Bärenreiter. The production, directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Carlo Rizzi, brings together an all-star cast, featuring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, along with Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa, Joseph Calleja as Pollione, and Matthew Rose as Oroveso. Marina Rebeka, Angela Meade, Jamie Barton and Vazgen Gazaryan join the cast later in the season.

With Bellini's Norma, as so often occurs, the performance tradition has obscured the work's original Urtext. This brilliant new performing edition, commissioned by Cecilia Bartoli and edited by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi in collaboration with Francesco Izzo, removes incorrect additions and non-original material and for the first time reinstates significant details of Bellini's manuscript to reflect his original intentions. The edition had its premiere performances as part of Bartoli’s European tour in 2016.

Catch a glimpse of the new production, and hear Radvanosvky and McVicar discuss the significance of Norma, below:

For more information on Bärenreiter’s critical edition of Norma, visit

Vincenzo Bellini
Norma (1831)
a melodrama in two acts
libretto (Itl) by Felice Romani
critical edition edited by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi, in collaboration with Francesco Izzo
for 3 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, mixed choir (SATB) and orchestra