21:00, Thu 20th – Fri 21st November 2008 at Trinity College Chapel
21:00, Sun 23rd November 2008 at Trinity College Chapel
Michaelmas Week 6 to Week 7
This is one of Puccini's most beautiful and intimate operas. Written as the middle act of his Il Trittico, Suor Angelica was Puccini's personal favourite of the three. Set in a convent in the latter part of the 17th Century, it tells the story of Sister Angelica who was sent from her family in disgrace some years earlier. The opera begins with the day-to-day life of the nuns, interrupted by the arrival of The Princess, Sister Angelica's Aunt. The Princess has come to inform Sister Angelica that her sister is to be married and that she must renounce her claim to the family inheritance. Sister Anglica asks after her son, only to be told he is dead. Overcome with grief, Sister Angelica kills herself; the opera ends with a vision of her son appearing before her surrounded by light. The cast of 14 sopranos and altos is made up from the very best young singers from the Cambridge Chapel Choirs and London Conservatories, and the production team is highly experienced.