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Published on October 24, 2017 3:07PM

Sondra Radvanovsky in “Norma”

Sondra Radvanovsky in “Norma”

Bellini’s masterpiece “Norma” will kick off the new season from The Met: Live in HD this Saturday, Oct. 28, with a screening at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. Sondra Radvanovsky stars as the Druid priestess, with Joyce DiDonato as her rival, Adalgisa. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover. Carlo Rizzi conducts.

The screening will start at 10 am, 777 W. Olive Street. Tickets, $21 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students, are available by calling 541-265-2787 or online at coastarts.org.

The Met: Live in HD brings Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.

The new season also features the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel” on Nov. 20; Rossini’s “Semiramide,” which has not been staged at the Met in 25 years, on March 10; Verdi’s tragedy “Luisa Miller,” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Plácido Domingo, on April 14; and the Met premiere of Massenet’s “Cendrillon (Cinderella),” starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role, on April 28.

In addition to the productions new to Live in HD, audiences can see the Met’s new stagings of Puccini’s “Tosca,” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo; Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte,” set in the 1950s in Coney Island, with an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara; Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore,” starring Pretty Yende in her first Met performances as the spirited Adina with Matthew Polenzani reprising Nemorino; and Puccini’s “La Bohème,” featuring Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano as the young Parisian lovers, Mimì and Rodolfo.

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