Wednesday night’s LA Opera TweeterSeater frenzy during the final rehearsal of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma conducted by James Conlon proved spectacular as Druid Priestess, Soprano Angela Meade delivered a superlative title role Casta Diva and a highly-charged, dramatic turn-around with the tender, virginal, rival-turned-girl-power-forever-mezzo Jamie Barton as Adalgisa, and “love-to-love/hate-you–(baby)” Roman proconsul Russell Thomas. A triumphant performance and stunning example of perfect Bel Canto made raucous by a “y’all are makin’ my night!” by @jbartonmezzo during the 2nd act tweet slam from the wings stealing our hearts forever with that one interjection.
Morris Robinson, Lacey Jo Benter and Rafael Moras round out this evening’s Washington National Opera cast. Opening tonight. Watch the preview here and visit LAOpera for tickets!