‘Norma’ kicks off MET Opera season at Ramsdell

MANISTEE — For several years the Ramsdell Theatre has featured simulcast opera performances from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Xavier Verna, executive director, describes the importance of the MET performances to a small town like Manistee.

“The MET Opera is the finest opera you will witness in this country. Opera teaches us about different cultures, and we can appreciate how it introduces our audience to that culture in such a beautifully crafted and artistic way,” he said. “We are fortunate to be able to bring high-quality entertainment like this to the Ramsdell. You might hear a lot of familiar tunes you hear in movies all the time. Try something new and come to a MET opera performance at The Ramsdell.”

Bellini’s “Norma” kicks off the MET Opera season at the Ramsdell Theatre this year.

The event begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

This new production of Bellini’s masterpiece stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her rival, Adalgisa — a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

Purchase tickets at MyNorthTickets.com or call 1-800-836-0717.

MET OPERA 2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Oct. 7 — “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)

Oct. 21 — “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Nov. 18 — “The Exterminating Angel” by Thomas Ades (1971)

Jan. 27 — “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Feb.18 — “L’Elisir d’Amore” by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

Feb. 24 — “La Boheme” by Giamoco Puccini (1858-1924)

March 10 — “Semiramide” by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

March 31 — “Cosi fan tutte” by William Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

April 14 — “Luisa Miller” by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

April 28 — “Cendrillon” by James Massenet (1842-1912)

 

*Most performances start at 1 p.m.

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