Airs Saturday, January 14 at 12:00 noon. A tribute to Joan Sutherland
The 2011-2012 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a tribute to the late Joan Sutherland – an archival broadcast of her performance in the title role of Bellini’s Norma. The performance, conducted by Richard Bonynge and originally broadcast live on April 4, 1970, also stars Marilyn Horne as Adalgisa, Carlo Bergonzi as Pollione, and Cesare Siepi as Oroveso. Norma will be heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 pm CST on Saturday, January 14.
The role of the Druid priestess Norma, one of the most difficult and rewarding in the soprano repertory, was a specialty of Sutherland’s and one of her most acclaimed interpretations. The 1969-70 season, when this performance took place, was her first time singing the role at the Met. Marilyn Horne made her Met debut in this run of performances as Adalgisa, Norma’s romantic rival. The collaboration between these two legendary artists was admired on opera stages around the globe – but this was the only production they performed together at the Met. The run also featured Bergonzi’s first Met performances as Pollione, Norma’s faithless lover. His compatriot Siepi first sang the role of Norma’s father, the Druid chieftain Oroveso, at the Met in 1954 and repeated the role opposite Maria Callas in her 1956 Met debut.
During intermission we’ll hear reminiscences from Richard Bonynge and Marilyn Horne, who were both interviewed in recent months, about the great partnership with Joan Sutherland and the excitement of performing Norma together at the Met.