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Suor Angelica

A tragic story of maternal love and loss: Richard Jones presents a moving interpretation of the second opera in Puccini’s Il trittico.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Suor Angelica. It was last on stage 25 February—15 March 2016.

The Story

Sister Angelica has been forced to enter a convent by her family, following a scandal. Her aunt the Princess pays her first visit since Angelica entered the convent years ago, asking Angelica to sign over her inheritance to her younger sister.

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Background

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 first performed 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 their young patients on a busy ward – a painful reminder of Angelica’s own child. Suor Angelica contains some of Puccini’s most poignant music, including Angelica’s aria ‘Senza mamma’, in which she expresses her grief after receiving devastating news.

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