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Originally published Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 06:00a.m.

It’s always an auspicious occasion in New York when the Metropolitan Opera opens a new season. But it’s an auspicious occasion in Prescott, as well.

The MET’s 2017-18 season is simulcast Saturday mornings – right down the street at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

This season opens with Bellini’s tragedy "Norma" – the tale of a powerful woman who compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover.

Norma airs via satellite Saturday, Oct. 7, at 9:55 a.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Call the YCPAC Box Office for tickets, 928-776-2000, or visit www.ycpac.com.