October 12, 2017

Kingston. Jamaica

The Met: Live in HD launched its twelfth season Saturday with Bellini’s Norma, taking in an estimated attendance of 71,581 in North America and earning a gross of $1.5 million. It was seen live on more than 900 screens. An estimated additional 111,760 people saw it live on 800 screens in 37 countries in Europe, 11 countries in Latin America, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Jamaica, Morocco, and for the first time live to Belarus and Ukraine.

Norma  encores this Sunday October 15, 2017,  11: 30 a.m.  at Palace Cineplex

Sondra Radvanovsky and Joseph Calleja in Bellini’s Norma. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Set in Gaul at the beginning of its occupation by the Roman Empire, Norma examines an ageless and archetypal situation: A powerful woman compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover. Equally gripping is her relationship with the younger woman who is the new object of her former lover’s attention and in whom Norma sees both a rival and a second self.

Sir David McVicar’s new production of Bellini’s masterpiece stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her friend and rival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans, with Joseph Calleja as Pollione. Maestro Carlo Rizzi conducted.

A scene from Bellini’s Norma. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Delayed showings throughout Asia, Australia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mauritius, New Zealand and South Africa, and encore performances in North America and Europe, are expected to boost worldwide attendance of Norma to more than 240,000.

The Met: Live in HD, the Met’s award-winning series of live transmissions to movie theaters and performing arts centers around the world, has expanded its worldwide distribution to more than 2000 theaters in 72 countries this season and has sold more than 23 million tickets since its inception in 2006.

Norma was the first of ten live transmissions to be shown this season. The next transmission will be Die Zauberflöte on October 14, with James Levine conducting the full-length German version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, in an acclaimed production by Julie Taymor.