From 9 February, Norwegian Opera & Ballet: A short and intense operatic experience
A short and intense operatic experience
In little under an hour, Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) demonstrates how music can stir our most profound emotions. The opera concerns the power of a mother’s love, and of losing that which you hold dearest.
In Isabella Bywater’s new production, we are taken to a convent in the mid 1960s. The nuns there discuss their desires, but Sister Angelica claims that she has never truly desired anything. This is a lie, because every single day since she arrived at the convent seven years ago, she has longed for her son, who was taken from her. When her aunt comes to visit and informs her that the little boy died several years ago, Angelica’s world collapses.
This short opera contains one of the most beautiful arias Puccini ever wrote for a soprano voice, “Senza mamma”, in which Angelica describes the sorrow of not being there for her son when he died. Suor Angelica is also special because it was written for female voices. The piece premièred as a part of Il Trittico at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918 – just one month after the end of the First World War – and was Pucinni’s penultimate operatic work.
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giovacchino Forzano
Musical direction: Jac van Steen
Direction/scenography/costumes: Isabella Bywater
Choreography: Chris Murrah
Performers: The Opera Choir, The Opera Orchestra, The Opera's Children's Choir
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