Suor Angelica

  1. Suor Angelica is the tragic tale of a woman who bears a child out of wedlock and is sent to a convent to repent for her sins. The opera follows the sisters on a particular holiday in their year, a celebration of May and the start of spring, when the evening sun lights the font in their courtyard golden.
  2. Dopo essere stata protagonista del cortometraggio Academy Girl, nel 2011 veste i panni dell'adolescente Angelica, madre di Vasco (Giulio Berruti), nella miniserie La ragazza americana. L'anno successivo ha un cameo nel film Immaturi - Il viaggio e recita nel quarto episodio della quinta stagione della serie TV I Cesaroni.
Suor Angelica
One-act opera, part of Il trittico by Giacomo Puccini
LibrettistGiovacchino Forzano
14 December 1918

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. Suor Angelica - 1 act - Italian. Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano; First performance at Metropolitan Opera on 14 December 1918; Gianni Schicchi - 1 act - Italian. Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano; First performance at Metropolitan Opera on 14 December 1918; Turandot - 3 acts - Italian. Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni.

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 (The Triptych). It received its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on December 14, 1918.[1]


RoleVoice typePremiere cast, 14 December 1918
(Conductor: Roberto Moranzoni)
Sister AngelicasopranoGeraldine Farrar
The Princess, her auntcontraltoFlora Perini
The Abbessmezzo-sopranoRita Fornia
The Monitressmezzo-sopranoMarie Sundelius
The Mistress of the novicesmezzo-sopranoCecil Arden
Sister GenovieffasopranoMary Ellis
Sister OsminasopranoMargarete Belleri
Sister DolcinasopranoMarie Mattfeld
The nursing sistermezzo-sopranoLeonora Sparkes
The alms sisterssopranosKitty Beale and Minnie Egener
A novicesopranoPhillis White
The lay sisterssoprano and mezzo-sopranoMarie Tiffany and Veni Warwick
Offstage chorus of women, children, and men


Disegno per copertina di libretto, drawing for Suor Angelica (undated).
Place: A convent in Italy
Time: The latter part of the 17th century

The opera opens with scenes showing typical aspects of life in the convent – all the sisters sing hymns, the Monitor scolds two lay-sisters, everyone gathers for recreation in the courtyard. The sisters rejoice because, as the mistress of novices explains, this is the first of three evenings that occur each year when the setting sun strikes the fountain so as to turn its water golden. This event causes the sisters to remember Bianca Rosa, a sister who has died. Sister Genevieve suggests they pour some of the 'golden' water onto her tomb.

Geraldine Farrar as Suor Angelica and Flora Perini as the Princess in the 1918 premiere

The nuns discuss their desires. While the Monitor believes that any desire at all is wrong, Sister Genevieve confesses that she wishes to see lambs again because she used to be a shepherdess when she was a girl, and Sister Dolcina wishes for something good to eat. Sister Angelica claims to have no desires, but as soon as she says so, the nuns begin gossiping – Sister Angelica has lied, because her true desire is to hear from her wealthy, noble family, whom she has not heard from in seven years. Rumors are that she was sent to the convent in punishment.

The conversation is interrupted by the Infirmary Sister, who begs Sister Angelica to make a herbal remedy, her specialty. Two tourières arrive, bringing supplies to the convent, and news that a grand coach is waiting outside. Sister Angelica becomes nervous and upset, thinking rightly that someone in her family has come to visit her. The Abbess chastises Sister Angelica for her inappropriate excitement and announces the visitor, the Princess, Sister Angelica's aunt.

The Princess explains that Angelica's sister is to be married and that Angelica must sign a document renouncing her claim to her inheritance. Angelica replies that she has repented for her sin, but she cannot offer up everything in sacrifice to the Virgin – she cannot forget the memory of her illegitimate son, who was taken from her seven years ago. The Princess at first refuses to speak, but finally informs Sister Angelica that her son died of fever two years ago. Sister Angelica, devastated, signs the document and collapses in tears. The Princess leaves.

Sister Angelica is seized by a heavenly vision – she believes she hears her son calling for her to meet him in paradise. She makes a poison and drinks it, but realizes that in committing suicide, she has committed a mortal sin and has damned herself to eternal separation from her son. She begs the Virgin Mary for mercy and, as she dies, she sees a miracle: the Virgin Mary appears, along with Sister Angelica's son, who runs to embrace her.


(Suor Angelica,
The Princess,
The Abbess,
The Monitress,
Sister Genovieffa)
opera house and orchestra
1957Victoria de los Ángeles,
Fedora Barbieri,
Mina Doro,
Mina Doro,
Lidia Marimpietri
Tullio Serafin,
Orchestra and Chorus of the Rome Opera
CD: Regis
Cat: RRC 1306
1962Renata Tebaldi,
Giulietta Simionato,
Lucia Danieli,
Miti Trucato Pace,
Dora Carral
Lamberto Gardelli,
Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Cat: 411 665-2
1973Katia Ricciarelli,
Fiorenza Cossotto
Bruno Bartoletti,
Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus
CD: RCA Red Seal
1975Renata Scotto,
Marilyn Horne,
Patricia Payne,
Gillian Knight,
Ileana Cotrubaș
Lorin Maazel,
New Philharmonia Orchestra
CD: Sony Classical
Cat: 88697527292
1978Joan Sutherland,
Christa Ludwig,
Anne Collins,
Elizabeth Connell,
Isobel Buchanan
Richard Bonynge,
National Philharmonic Orchestra
CD: Decca
Cat: 458218
1983Rosalind Plowright,
Dunja Vejzović
Gianandrea Gavazzeni,
Orchestra di La Scala, Milano
Cat: 810903706
1987Lucia Popp,
Marjana Lipovšek
Giuseppe Patanè,
Munich Radio Orchestra
CD: Eurodisc
Cat: 7806
1994Mirella Freni,
Elena Souliotis,
Gloria Scalchi,
Ewa Podleś,
Barbara Frittoli
Bruno Bartoletti,
Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Cat: 436 261-2

Noted arias[edit]

  • 'Senza mamma' – Suor Angelica
  • 'Nel silenzio' – The Princess



  1. ^Wilson, p. 178
  2. ^Recordings of Suor Angelica on

Cited sources

  • Wilson, Alexandra. The Puccini Problem. Cambridge University Press, 2007. ISBN0-521-85688-4.

Other sources

  • Holden, Amanda (ed.), The New Penguin Opera Guide, New York: Penguin Putnam, 2001. ISBN0-14-029312-4
  • Warrack, John and West, Ewan, The Oxford Dictionary of Opera New York: OUP: 1992 ISBN0-19-869164-5

External links[edit]

  • Suor Angelica: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  • 'Senza mamma' on YouTube, Ermonela Jaho, Royal Opera House (2011)
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Giacomo Puccini

(22 December 1858 — 29 November 1924)

Suor Angelica

PucciniAlternative Names/Transliterations: Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini
Name in Other Languages: Джакама Пучыні, جاكومو بوتشيني, جاكومو بوتشينى, Cakomo Puççini, Джакомо Пучини, جاکۆمۆ پوچینی, Τζιάκομο Πουτσίνι, جاکومو پوچینی, ג'אקומו פוצ'יני, Ջակոմո Պուչչինի, ジャコモ・プッチーニ, ჯაკომო პუჩინი, Джакомо Пуччини, 자코모 푸치니, Iacobus Puccini, Džakomo Pučīni, Џакомо Пучини, ഈയാക്കോമോ പുസ്സിനി, Жакомо Пуччини, Джакомо Пуччіні, Giàcumu Puccini, Ђакомо Пучини, ஜாக்கோமோ புச்சீனி, จาโกโม ปุชชีนี, جیاکومو پوچینی, דזיאקאמא פוטשיני, 賈科莫·普契尼, Пуччини, Джакомо, Puchchini Jakomo, Džekoms Pučīnis, 普契尼, ज्याकोमो पुचिनी, ਜਿਆਕੋਮੋ ਪੂਛੀਨੀ, ጃኮሞ ፑቺኒ, 贾科莫·普契尼, Puččini Džakomo
Aliases: Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini, Puccini, Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria PUCCINI, جياكومو بوتشيني, بوتشيني, プッチーニ
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