Massenet : Thais

Director: John Pritchard


  • James Morris
  • Beverly Sills
  • Sherrill Milnes
  • Betsy Norden
  • Raymond Gibbs

New York, Metropolitan Opera.January 28, 1978

The American soprano, Betsy Norden, made her debut at the Metrpolitan Opera in New York in April 1972 as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Ever since her debut there, she has remained a favourite artist at the Met from 1971 to 1992, singing a wide variety of roles including Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutti, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Sophie in Werther, and Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites. She has also been on many ‘Live from the Met’ television broadcasts including the historical ‘Met Centennial’. In her 21 seasons with the Met, she sang in 522 performances, 39 roles and 35 works.

Betsy Norden has appeared in leading roles with the San Francisco Opera, the Philadelphia Opera, the San Diego Opera, and the San Antonio Opera, as well as the Spoleto Festival Italy, where she sang Despina to unanimous critical acclaim. Her penchant for comedy was noted in her performance of Vespina in Infeldelta Delusa at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival where the New York Times described her as an ‘18th-century Carol Burnett’.

An accomplished orchestral soloist, Betsy Norden has been heard in concerts with the New York Choral Society, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Miami Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, and in numerous recital and chamber music concerts throughout the USA.