The Met Live in HD opens its season with Norma; Earth Terma conveys planetary vibes through dance; and Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet bring The Soul of New Orleans to the Lensic
The 12th season of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcasts begins with a new production of Bellini’s
Norma, a must-see for local Druids. Early reviews suggest that its best feature is mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa, and its worst is the low-wattage lighting, with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky (in the title role) and tenor Joseph Calleja (Pollione) falling somewhere between. You can catch it at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) at 11 a.m. (no evening encore for this one) on Saturday, Oct. 7. Tickets ($22-$28) can be had by visiting www.ticketssantafe.org or calling 505-988-1234.
Norma is the first of 10 offerings this season, which continues with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Oct. 14), Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel (based on Buñuel’s film, here in its American premiere, Nov. 18), Puccini’s Tosca (in a new production, Feb. 3, 2018), Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Feb. 10), Puccini’s La bohème (the accustomed Zeffirelli extravaganza, Feb. 24), Rossini’s Semiramide (with Angela Meade, March 10), Mozart’s Così fan tutte (including two artists from recent Santa Fe seasons — Amanda Majeski and Ben Bliss — plus Broadway songstress Kelli O’Hara as Despina, April 7), Verdi’s Luisa Miller (April 14), and Massenet’s Cendrillon (April 28, with DiDonato headlining in a Laurent Pelly production that originated in Santa Fe). — James M. Keller
Joyce DiDonato and Sondra Radvanovsky in Norma