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  1. "Casta Diva"
    Sondra Radvanovsky


Production Team

Production: John Copley
Set and Costume Designer: John Conklin
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler


Please be advised that the following information refers to a production from the Met's 2013-14 season. Explore our 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season to view the current repertory.


Approximate running time 3 hrs. 5 min.

Only the greatest of sopranos are up to the challenge of Bellini’s crowd-pleaser of bel canto fireworks, which is why Sondra Radvanovsky, followed by Angela Meade, is cast in the title role. Mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich is Adalgisa and tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is Pollione. Riccardo Frizza conducts.

Meade and Barton "are a duo that every opera lover should hear... Their voices combined with shining lightness." Meade has a "pristine, agile voice... her singing [is] ivory-light..." (New York Times)

"Ponselle, Milanov, Callas, Sutherland... after last night Radvanovsky can add her name to the list" (Huffington Post).

Radvanovsky “earned a thunderous ovation… She rose to [the title role's] considerable challenges… She wielded her full-bodied dramatic soprano… to potent effect… her top notes ringing and powerful, her middle range velvety, her coloratura nimble and phrasing elegant. Her dynamic control was striking, with alluring pianissimos that contrasted with the passion of her singing at its most vigorous" (New York Times).

"Sondra Radvanovsky proves equal to the monstrously challenging title role… Her voice is big and lustrous, exceptionally bright at the top, darker at deeper depths. She commands a vast range of notes and a broad range of dynamics" (Financial Times).

Aleksandrs Antonenko "sang with ardent, emotive conviction" (New York Times).

Riccardo Frizza "conducted a crisp, lithe and elegantly shaped rendition"
(New York Times).


Performance Dates/Tickets and Info

All performances for this production have passed, and tickets are no longer available.