Lyric Opera Northwest presents "Suor Angelica" and "Pagliacci"
"Suor Angelica" is a one act opera from the triptych of Giacomo Puccini. 101 years ago the Ricordi edition of the libretto described it as follows:
Sister Angelica, a Florentine noblewoman, has been compelled by her family to take the veil, following a youthful fault, and for seven years has in vain been waiting tidings from her family or friends. The abbess announces that Angelica's aunt, the Princess, has come to call on her and warns her to be full of submission and humility in her conversation with the old lady. The Princess coldly tells Angelica that she has come in order that she may sign a certain act of release which is made necessary by the coming wedding of the nun's younger sister. She adds that one course of action only is open to Angelica, and that course is lifelong expiation.
Finally, in answer to Angelica's question, the Princess informs her that her child, the baby whom she had seen and kissed only once, had died two years previously. Thereupon Angelica, seized by a sudden frenzy, concocts a poison and seeks suicide. Seized by remorse at her act, she implores the Virgin not to let her die in mortal sin, and then a miracle takes place. The Mother of Comfort suddenly appears on the threshold of the little church, enveloped in celestial radiance; a blonde child walks in front of the Virgin, who, with a gesture of ineffable benevolence, gently pushes the the boy into the arms of his dying mother, while a choir of nuns and angels sings Thou Art Saved.
"Pagliacci" is the marvelous one act opera with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo usually seen with "Cavaleria Rusticana." It features a play within a play, is based upon an actual crime, and was first produced in Milan, Italy in 1892 with Arturo Toscanni conducting.
Famed tenor Enrico Caruso in the early 20th century actually had claim to the first recording to reach one million sales, and it was of the famous tenor aria of this opera, "Vesti la Giubba."
Lyric Opera Northwest features professional singers from the Pacific Northwest and international artists from the Metropolitan Opera. Full orchestra, sets, costumes and supertitles assures a genuine full bodied evening of passion and excitement.
Meydenbauer Center Theatre (View)
17538 12TH AVE NE, B502
SHORELINE, WA 98155
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