Ran­dom Acts

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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

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