Sonya Yoncheva returns to the Met to star in Bellini’s Norma, starting February 28

  • Yoncheva makes a major Met role debut as the druid priestess Norma 
  • Maestro Maurizio Benini leads a cast that also stars Ekaterina Gubanova as Adalgisa, Michael Spyres as Pollione, and Christian Van Horn as Oroveso

             New York, NY (January 23, 2023)—After her highly acclaimed performances as Fedora earlier this month, soprano Sonya Yoncheva returns on February 28 for her Met role debut as the fearless title priestess of Bellini’s scorching bel canto drama Norma. Yoncheva has previously performed the role in leading opera houses, including Covent Garden, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, and the Bavarian State Opera. The extraordinary cast also includes mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova as Norma’s protégée turned rival, Adalgisa; tenor Michael Spyres—who made his Met stage debut as Idomeneo earlier this seasonas Norma’s unfaithful lover, Pollione; and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as Norma’s father, Oroveso. Maurizio Benini conducts David McVicar’s fiery production, which played to sold-out audiences when it premiered in 2017. The creative team also includes set designer Robert Jones, costume designer Moritz Junge, lighting designer Paule Constable, and movement director Leah Hausman.

Norma Broadcasts on Radio and Online

             The February 28, March 8, and March 25 performances of Norma will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 355. The March 25 performance will also be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Audio from the March 8 performance will be streamed live on the Met’s website,

For more information on Norma, including casting by date, please click here.