Puccini’s Heroines at Wytham Woods!
Puccini’s Heroines – 1.30pm to 3.30pm – FREE ENTRY as part of Oxfordshire Art Weeks
Opera Anywhere present performances of some of the greatest Puccini operatic arias by female roles. Performed around the Wytham Studio at Wytham Woods between 1.30pm and 3.30pm – during Oxfordshire Art Weeks. Free of charge to attend and not ticket required.
Sister Angelica – 7pm at the Wytham Woods Chalet – Tickets £15/£10: online or call the box office on 0333 666 3366.
Bar and Refreshments available from 5.30pm at Wytham Woods Chalet, so why not arrive early, park in the usual car park and walk up through the woods. Its a chance to visit, walk through and enjoy the woods without requiring the normal Walking Permit.
The staged performance of one of Puccini’s most moving operas, Sister Angelica, will take place in the woods opposite the Wytham Woods Chalet or if wet in the barn adjacent to the Chalet.
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?