Sister Angelica (Puccini) and Amahl & The Night Visitors (Menotti)
An operatic double bill – Sister Angelica (Puccini) and Amahl & The Night Visitors (Menotti)
Sister Angelica is a unique one-act opera containing moments of harrowing drama and unequalled redemptive beauty. Beware — it can rip you to shreds…
The story takes place in a convent over one day, intensifying as it unravels. At the opera’s opening, our main character Sister Angelica claims, during a discussion among the nuns, to have no desires, but she lies. She has a hidden, burning desire — to see her illegitimate child that was taken from her seven years ago, and whom she has thought of every day.
So when her unforgiving aunt, the Princess, pays a visit to the convent and is forced to tell Angelica that her son tragically died two years previously, she is plunged into suicidal delirium. She hears her child calling to her — she must go to meet him… but in taking her own life, she is committing a sin. Will she be redeemed, re-united, and finally accepted for who she is?
Amahl & The Night Visitors
This is the tender, heart-warming story of Amahl, a poor crippled shepherd boy and his devoted mother who are visited one night by three kings, following a star on their way to see baby Jesus. It’s a knock at the door that will change their lives forever. Amahl & The Night Visitors was originally written for television in 1951 and has since become an annual tradition in the USA becoming one of the most frequently performed opera’s of the 20th century.