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Watch: Ermonela Jaho on returning to Suor Angelica — 'I sing with a different perception now – I’m more dramatic'

The Albanian soprano stars in the second opera of Puccini’s trio of one-acters, Il trittico.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

7 January 2016 at 5.52pm | Comment on this article

When she first accepted the title role in Richard Jones' production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica in 2011, Ermonela Jaho reveals she wasn’t very familiar with Puccini's one-act opera:

‘The bit that I knew was [the aria] Senza mamma, but I was mistaken because the whole opera was beautiful.’

Puccini’s opera tells the story of a young woman forced into a convent after a family scandal. When she is visited by her aunt she is asked to sign over her inheritance and learns what became of her illegitimate child.

Ermonela explains she felt she had to ‘bring all of herself’ to each performance – and describes the mix of exhaustion and elation she felt at curtain call.

Her portrayal during the production's premiere run received acclaim from audiences and critics alike:

‘When I was walking towards the applause, I didn’t feel the ground... that’s the effect that great music has and when you believe in what you are singing; putting yourself 100% there. It’s the feelings we – the artist – must feel all the time.’

Speaking ahead of her return to Covent Garden next month, Ermonela explains that her perspective has shifted since she last performed the role five years ago:

‘I feel different coming back. I’m happy to have the success of Suor Angelica. Now I can’t wait to use more details. I sing with a different perception now – I’m more dramatic.’

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Il trittico runs 25 February – 15 March 2016. Tickets are still available.

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