Giacomo Puccini

Suor Angelica, opera

    Description by Rovi Staff

    Suor Angelica (1918) is the second installment in Puccini's triptych of one-act operas commonly known as Il trittico. The opera chronicles the fall, redemption, and final transfiguration of its central character, Sister Angelica, who has taken the veil in repentance for bearing a child out of wedlock. The libretto, by Giovacchino Forzano, was immediately appealing to the composer, whose sister Igenia was Mother Superior of the convent at Vicepelago. Though it contains some of Puccini's most adventurous writing -- the musical language at times even flirts with polytonality -- the work has not enjoyed popularity comparable to that of its companions, Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi, each of which has enjoyed an independent life in the repertory. However, Angelica's aria "Senza mamma" (Without your mother), one of the most poignant moments in any of Puccini's works, has remained a recital favorite, and the opera is still staged in productions of the entire trittico.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Ave Maria
    2. Sorelle in Umilità
    3. Ed or, sorelle in gioia
    4. O sorella in pio lavoro
    5. I desideri sono i fiori dei vivi
    6. Ho un desiderio anch'io!
    7. Laudata Maria
    8. Suor Angelica!
    9. Il principe gualtiero vostro
    10. Nel silenzio di quei raccoglimenti
    11. Tutto ho offerto alla Vergine
    12. Senza mamma, a bimbo, tu sei morto (Angelica's Aria)
    13. Sorella, a buona sorella [Farewell, good sisters]
    14. La grazia è dicesa dal cielo (Intermezzo)
    15. Ah! Son dannata!

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Myto Historical / Myto Historical Line MCD 00316
    2014 Decca
    2013 Broken Audio BRAU 1001
    2012 Orfeo C 848121A
    2010 Documents 232914
    2009 EMI Music Distribution 2127142
    2009 G.O.P. 66391
    2008 EMI Classics
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099921546
    2008 Decca 001064502
    2008 EMI Classics
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099921294
    2004 Warner Fonit 4662910
    2003 Warner Classics
    2001 Austro Mechana 20008
    2000 Hungaroton 12490
    1999 Bella Voce 7406
    1999 EMI Music Distribution 56587
    1998 London 458218
    1996 RCA Classics 74321405752
    1994 London 436 261-2DHO3
    1992 EMI Music Distribution 764165-2
    1990 London 411 665-2DM3
    Legato Classics 212
    Mondo Musica 10391
    Koch Discover International 94336
    Eurodisc 7806
    Koch Discover International 920120