A clandestine love affair sets the stage for a battle of fury and anguish in the San Francisco Opera's production of Norma, digitally recorded with multiple cameras and set to screen here in high-definition Blu-Ray and stereo sound. The epitome of the bel canto opera style, Vincenzo Bellini's masterpiece has been a vehicle for supremely talented sopranos since its debut in 1831. Metropolitan Opera star Sondra Radvanovsky "earned a thunderous ovation ... her top notes ringing and powerful, her middle range velvety, her coloratura nimble and phrasing elegant" (The New York Times) for her recent performance in the role. Set during the Gallic-Roman wars, the story focuses on the awe-inspiring Druid high priestess, whose role demands a strict vow of celibacy. But she's violated that code by falling in love with the leader of the occupying army, leading a double life to conceal her secret. Enjoy this screening in the comfort of the James Armstrong Theater and take advantage of the wine, snacks and soft drinks available for purchase at the show.
The opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles and runs approximately two hours, 50 minutes including one intermission.