Cher Public

Broadcast: Norma

This afternoon’s Met broadcast (starting at 1:00 PM) is Bellini’s Norma, and La Cieca is sure the cher public will have plenty of opinions. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

  • CwbyLA

    sad that the knowledgeable folk can’t enjoy this broadcast. Sometimes it pays to be musically ignorant.

    • Camille

      As the saying goes Ignorance is bliss

      • cielo e mar

        For me this music is so much greater than what is being delivered. I hate to disrupt anyone’s enjoyment. But this performance is missing at so many points, it does not deserve to be rated as a great one.

    • While I’m in no way as knowledgeable as others here, I sometimes regret approaching these broadcasts in an over-analytical way.

      • Kaziranga

        I’m a casual opera fan in the boonies. Serious enough to generally understand and learn from the posts here but dependent on live broadcasts. I didn’t “get” Norma with Eaglen in house in LA and I didn’t feel a whole lot of excitement with it today. Guess I’ll just keep coming back and wait for something to click besides Callas and Caballe and (be kind) Bartoli.

        • DonCarloFanatic

          There are a few musical notes from Norma that I adore. The rest is nice. I like getting to the stage of knowing an opera when my ears are waiting for certain notes.

      • trevor

        As an opera “unknowledgeable,” I must say I enjoy hearing about some of the intricacies of performance from the experts here. Can one not enjoy and analyze at the same time?

  • Niel Rishoi

    How can “Deh non volerli vittime” be so emotionless? B throttled.

  • Rowna Sutin

    I’ll take the low road. I am not an expert in anything and I am totally enjoying today. And it’s free! This is wonderful singing. And I love the opera anyway.

    • ER

      I’m with Rowna!

      • GiacomoPuccini

        Me too

        • trevor

          Me three. This was a thoroughly delightful afternoon.

    • Peter

      I’m somewhere in between. Meade does some wonderful things but so much of it (especially in the higher more dramatic music), she sounds shrill to me.

  • GiacomoPuccini

    I’ve enjoyed it. And have to admit that it takes a lot is stamina to sing Norma.

  • Rowna Sutin

    This is the best I have heard Ms. Meade. She had the promise of a great singer early on . . . and while I thought she would be one of the greatest of greats, at least she is delivering today.

    • ER

      Rowna I agree.

      how many people can sing this role to begin with, let alone this well…. While she is not my favorite soprano, she did more than a good job. Brava.

      • CwbyLA

        Bravi indeed!

  • CwbyLA

    Amazing Norma broadcast, people. Meade and Barton outdid themselves. They are such a great pair. Nice to listen to it with you guys.

  • Niel Rishoi

    Who thinks I didn’t enjoy it? It was an opportunity to hear an opera I love. Just because I thought Meade didn’t succeed in several points, I still have another performance to “store away” in my mind to further be able to hold forth on it.

    • Rowna Sutin

      Great attitude, Niel. Have a great day -- I am off to watch the grand kiddies.

      • rapt

        Have fun, Rowna!

      • Niel Rishoi

        Nice seeing you here, Rowna! Say hi to to the grandkiddies!

  • cielo e mar

    Niel -- you still there?? I read somewhere they’re using the Barenreiter score for this production. I don’t see it published anywhere.

    • Niel Rishoi

      I know. It is the new critical edition, and I cannot find it, either.

      • cielo e mar

        Thanks. We’ll keep looking. A critical edition is so desperately needed for poor Norma!

        • Niel Rishoi

          Agreed. WAY past time.

      • Camille

        Bärenreiter? Wow, did not know that. I’ll keep my eye out for it, especially as Juilliard often has 10-20% discounts on their scores. Waiting on Ricordi; I’ll die first. Thanks, guys, for the tip!

  • cielo e mar

    Good bye all!

    • Niel Rishoi

      Addio!! ;-)

      • Camille

        “Padre, AD-DEEEE-OH!”

        The German Vespers is still ongoing! Nobody’s dead yet!

    • Leaving at the interval?

  • Porgy Amor

    The Post has a new story about a woman alleging sexual misconduct on the part of Joseph Colaneri, conductor of today’s Norma. He first appeared at the Met in 2000.

    • OperaGhost7

      The Merola alumni list from 2001 only shows one female apprentice coach and her name is notorious. Google to see all the trouble she’s caused.

  • ines

    now Colaneri also??