There are many recordings of Norma; there were LPs and there are CDs as well as at least 10 DVDs. Of the latter, this is far and away the best. Everything works: staging is traditional and with the mechanicals of the Met stage, perfectly, even excitingly executed. Acting and singing bring life to the story of Norma. The blu ray technology is nearly miraculous is its visual and auditory clarity.
But it is the singing, gentle reader, that makes this so good, for there is a LOT more to Norma than the soprano. I have tired of second rate tenors being cast as Pollione, ostensibly to fill the part. Joseph Callela is the best on currently available videos, and while he flubs the high C in the first act, the balance of the performance is excellent. Radvanovsky IS Norma, and probably the best on the modern stage; she executes every note, trill, run, crescendo and diminuendo with amazing skill. Joyce DiDonato was a superb choice for Adalgisa: She is perfect on her own and when doing the lovely duets which make Norma so special, The blending of these ladies' voices is meltingly lyrical.
The Met's two level stage allows a degree of stage magic the has to be seen to be believed as the view is shifted from the forest to Norma's cave. Dramatics keep pace with music and acting brings life to this 19th century operatic warhorse.
Orchestra and chorus are at that high level we expect from the Met, with Carlo Rizzi keeping everyone together in an intelligent, authentic pacing of the score. As noted, the disc quality is first rate in Blu ray.
Norma is essential opera, and this version shows why. Not to be missed!
- Format: Color, Live, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / Hamburg
- DVD Release Date: 16 Nov 2018
- Run Time: 184.00 minutes
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- ASIN: B07HGR7P4Z
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