Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Suor Angelica. It was last on stage 25 February—15 March 2016.
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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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.
News and features
26 February 2016
What did you think of Richard Jones' Royal Opera production of Puccini's triptych?
19 February 2016
Like a collection of short stories or the B-movies of the 1940s and 50s, grouping operas together allows us to appreciate their contrasts.
10 February 2016
Our quick introduction to Puccini’s trio of short operas, bringing together the dramatic, tragic and comedic best of this giant of Italian opera.
28 January 2016
The Music Director of the Royal Opera digs deeper into the scores of two of the three operas that make up Il trittico.
Watch: Ermonela Jaho on returning to Suor Angelica — 'I sing with a different perception now – I’m more dramatic'7 January 2016
The Albanian soprano stars in the second opera of Puccini’s trio of one-acters, Il trittico.
14 December 2015
Opera is one of many art forms that loves to dwell on what might have been.
Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an original Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. It is the second opera of the trio of operas known as Il trittico (Triptych). It received its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on December 14, 1918.