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Metropolitan Opera Live in 3D to screen Bellini's ‘Norma’ Oct. 14, 16

October 12, 2017

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present The Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of Bellini's operatic masterpiece, "Norma," at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, and Monday, Oct. 16. Screenings are now held at the Cinema Art Theater, and during this season will be shown as recorded presentations one week after being filmed live. Each performance will be screened on both a Saturday and Monday. Audience members will be allowed to eat and drink concessions sold onsite in the theater. They will also enjoy the wonderful sound quality and comfortable seating.

The Met: Live in HD season opens with a new production of Vincenzo Bellini's heartbreaking tragedy, “Norma.”

Conducted by Carlo Rizzi, this production of "Norma" stars Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma, the druid priestess, and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa - a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma's unfaithful lover, and Matthew Rose is Oroveso. Sir David McVicar's evocative production sets the action deep in a druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

This opera is an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge and dramatic power. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover. But 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. The title role demands dramatic vocal power combined with the agility and technique of a coloratura singer. It is a daunting challenge that few can rise to; those who have are a part of operatic lore.

Admission for The Met: Live in HD broadcasts is $25 for adults, $22 for film society members, Met members and seniors 65 and older, and $15 for students with ID and children 12 and under. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Online reservations may be made with MasterCard or VISA. Admission will be available at the door for any unsold seats. Doors open at 12 p.m.

For more information or to reserve tickets online, go to www.rehobothfilm.com or call 302-645-9095.

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