Critic’s Choice

By David Fleshler

Mlada Khudoley

Mlada Khudoley

More than 25 years have passed since Florida Grand Opera audiences last watched Norma sing “Casta Diva,” call for a revolt against Roman oppression and embrace her fiery fate.

Bellini’s tale of love and jealousy in ancient Gaul, with its long, flowing melodies and moments of high drama, makes a welcome return to South Florida Saturday night at the Arsht Center for a series of performances that run through February 13.

Norma is a star vehicle for the soprano who portrays the Druid priestess, with a part that’s among the most technically and dramatically demanding in the repertoire. Taking on the challenge will be the Russian soprano Mlada Khudoley, who spent much of her career in St. Petersburg’s renowned Mariinsky Opera. She will alternate in the role with Mary Elizabeth Williams, a Philadelphia native who has made much of her career in Europe.

Portraying Adalgisa, Norma’s romantic rival, will be mezzo-sopranos Dana Beth Miller and Catherine Martin. Giancarlo Monsalve and Frank Porretta alternate in the role of Norma’s lover Pollione, with Anthony Barrese conducting.

Florida Grand Opera’s production of Bellini’s Norma opens 7 p.m. Saturday at the Arsht Center in Miami. Performances run through January 30 at the Arsht Center and February 11-13 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale.; 800-741-1010.

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One Response to “Critic’s Choice”

  1. Posted Jan 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm by anna medalie

    I know many times of Mlada Khudoley. We studied togather in Moscow. She has grand and beutiful voice. She has a big culture of singing. She works on her successful carrier every day during many years. I think Mlada Khudoley one of the best singer.

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