Northwest Nazarene University’s Department of Music tells the tragic story of maternal love and loss as they present Giacomo Puccini’s opera, “Suor Angelica,” Thursday and Friday, November 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Performed by students in NNU’s opera workshop course and alumni, the event will be held in the Brandt Center Lobby with a live chamber orchestra under the musical direction of Dr. Judy Marlett. “Suor Angelica” is the second opera in the trio of operas known as “Il Trittico.” It tells the story of noblewoman Sister Angelica who, after giving birth to an illegitimate son, was forced by her family to enter a convent. There for seven years she waits in vain hoping for contact from family and friends. Her aunt, the Princess, pays her first visit to Angelica since she entered the convent asking Angelica to sign over her inheritance to the younger sister who will soon be married.
The Princess reveals that Angelica’s son, whom she thought of every day since she entered the convent, died two years earlier. Distraught, Angelica prepares a poison and commits suicide. Immediately, she feels great remorse at this act and implores the Virgin Mary not to let her die in mortal sin and eternal separation from her son. As she dies, she experiences a miracle—the Virgin Mary appears with Angelica’s son, and mother and son are briefly united.
Although traditionally given in Italian, NNU’s performance of “Suor Angelica” will be in English.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or through the music department by phone at 208-467-8413 or by email at email@example.com.