Met Opera review: Angela Meade triumphs in Bellini’s ‘Norma’

October 30th, 2013 | Though Norma features three male roles, it is chiefly ladies night. The two priestesses, Norma and Adalgisa, sing high-powered duets in both acts—first in friendship, then in rage and anguish, and finally in reconciliation and solidarity—and these were showstoppers. The women’s stage chemistry spurred each other on to greater vocal feats, and they blended divinely.

Soprano Angela Meade, who hails from Centralia, Washington, and now resides in Philadelphia, received thunderous applause following her Act I entrance aria, Casta diva, thought by many to be the most difficult to sing in the soprano literature. In an interview last week, the gifted and immensely talented soprano shared with her insights into the role in general and that aria in particular.

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