Norma Live at the Met tonight on Sirius/XM Radio (Met Opera Radio)

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Tonight begins the battle of the two Normas at the Metropolitan Opera.  Soprano’s Angela Meade and Sondra Radvanovsky take on the role that made so many sopranos legends in the role.  Very large shoes to fill in this regard.  Tonight, the Met Orchestra, which played exquisitely under the baton of Maestro Levine last week, will be conducted by Maestro Riccardo Frizza and Norma will be sung by Sondra Radvanovsky, Adalgisa by Kate Aldrich, Pollione by Aleksandrs Antonenko, and the illustrious James Morris will sing Oroveso.

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Whenever I think of Norma, I think of the magnificent Joan Sutherland and either Marilyn Horne or Tatiana Troyanos as Adalgisa, or more specifically, Rosa Raisa, Claudio Muzio, or Rosa Ponselle in the title role.  Of course, one cannot forget the magnificent technical mastery of the role from La Divina, Maria Callas.  We’ll see how Ms. Radvanovsky fairs in the role this evening.  Historically, the role of Norma was meant for a large voice with incredible agility, a buoyant middle voice and squillo. Taxing is the role because of its weight and the requirement to move the voice fluidly through each melisma, and so it will be interesting to see which of these two sopranos, Ms. Meade or Ms. Radvanovsky, most suits the role.

Norma is a tragedia lirica  in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with a libretto by Felice Romani after Norma, ossia L’infanticidio (Norma, or The Infanticide) by Alexandre Soumet. First produced at La Scala Milano on 26 December 1831, it is generally regarded as an example of the supreme height of the Bel Canto tradition.

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Some exciting upcoming productions for opera in Canada.  Support Canadian singers and this beautiful opera house in the heart of Toronto, Ontario

La Boheme

La Boheme:  October 3-30, 2013


Mimì: Grazia Doronzio / Joyce El-Khoury
Musetta: Joyce El-Khoury / Simone Osborne
Rodolfo: David Lomelí / Eric Margiore
Marcello: Joshua Hopkins / Phillip Addis

Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
Director: John Caird
Set & Costume Designer: David Farley

Peter Grimes

Peter Grimes:  October 5-26, 2013


Peter Grimes: Ben Heppner
Ellen Orford: Ileana Montalbetti
Balstrode: Alan Held
Auntie: Jill Grove

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: Neil Armfield
Revival Director: Denni Sayers
Set Designer: Ralph Myers
Costume Designer: Tess Schofield

Cosi Fan Tutte

Cosi Fan Tutte:  January 18-February 21, 2014


Fiordiligi: Layla Claire
Dorabella: Wallis Giunta
Ferrando: Paul Appleby
Guglielmo: Robert Gleadow/Don Alfonso: Sir Thomas Allen

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: Atom Egoyan
Set & Costume Designer: Debra Hanson


Un Ballo in Maschera: February 2-22, 2014


Amelia: Adrianne Pieczonka
Riccardo: Dimitri Pittas
Renato: Roland Wood

Conductor: Stephen Lord
Directors: Jossi Wieler & Sergio Morabito
Set Designer: Barbara Ehnes
Costume Designer: Anja Rabes


Hercules:  April 5-30, 2014


Hercules: Eric Owens
Dejanira: Alice Coote
Lichas: David Daniels
Hyllus: Richard Croft

Conductor: Harry Bicket
Director: Peter Sellars
Set Designer: George Tsypin
Costume Designer: Dunya Ramicova


Roberto Devereux:  April 25-May 21, 2014


Elisabetta: Sondra Radvanovsky
Nottingham: Russell Braun
Roberto Devereux: Giuseppe Filianoti
Sara: Allyson McHardy

Conductor: Corrado Rovaris
Director: Stephen Lawless
Set Designer: Benoit Dugardyn
Costume Designer: Ingeborg Bernerth


 Don Quichotte: May 9-24, 2014


Don Quichotte: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Sancho Panza: Quinn Kelsey
Dulcinée: Ekaterina Gubanova

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: Linda Brovsky
Set Designer: Donald Eastman
Costume Designer: Christina Poddubiuk

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This week on Sirius/XM Radio: from the Metropolitan Opera

Conductor, James Levine

Monday, Jan. 25:  Sirius/XM Broadcast of Simon Boccanegra (8pm)

ConductorJames Levine
AmeliaAdrianne Pieczonka
GabrieleMarcello Giordani
SimonPlácido Domingo
FiescoJames Morris

Production: Giancarlo del Monaco
Set & Costume Designer: Michael Scott

Thursday, Jan. 28:  Sirius/XM/Listen Live Broadcast of Turandot (8pm)

Conductor: Julien Salemkour

TurandotLise Lindstrom
LiùGrazia Doronzio
CalafFrank Porretta
TimurHao Jiang Tian

Production: Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer: Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designers: Dada Saligeri, Anna Anni

Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler ,Choreographer: Chiang Ching

Saturday, Jan. 30:  Sirius/XM Radio Broadcast of Stiffelio (1pm)

ConductorPlácido Domingo
LinaSondra Radvanovsky
StiffelioJosé Cura
StankarAndrzej Dobber
JorgPhillip Ens

Production: Giancarlo del Monaco

Set & Costume Designer: Michael Scott
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler