October 14th, 2017 - 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is proud to present The Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Bellini’s operatic masterpiece, NORMA on Saturday, October 14 at 12:30 PM and Monday, October 16 at 12:30 PM. Please note that screenings are now being held at the Cinema Art Theater and during this season will be shown as a recorded presentation 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 heart-breaking tragedy, NORMA. Conducted by Carlo Rizzi, this production 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. [Sung in Italian with English subtitles, Runtime: 3 hours with one intermission].
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.
In addition to the opera performance, the HD series features Met opera stars conducting live interviews with cast and/or various production crew members while showing behind-the-scene workings. This production is the first in The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD series of 10 dates of live simulcast transmissions for the 2017–18 season.
Admission for The Met: Live in HD broadcasts is $25 for adults, $22 for RBFS members, Met members, and seniors (65+); $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 12:00 PM.
The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for our community. The Film Society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov. 2-12, 2017). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at www.rehobothfilm.com, or call 302-645-9095.