Sister Angelica has been forced to enter a convent by her family, following a scandal. When she receives a visit from her aunt, the Princess, it stirs up painful memories.
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The second installment in Giacomo Puccini’s triptych of operas, Il trittico, is characterized by music of ethereal and spiritual beauty, in contrast to the dark melodrama of Il tabarro and the gutsy comedy of Gianni Schicchi. It was premiered in 1918 at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as part of the first complete performance of Il trittico, one month after the end of World War I.
Director Richard Jones sets Angelica’s story in a mid-20th-century children’s hospital, where the sisters tend to patients on a busy ward. Suor Angelica contains some of Puccini’s most poignant music, including Angelica’s aria ‘Senza mamma’, in which she expresses her grief after receiving devasting news. The realism of the famous final scene gives it great tragic weight in this production.