11/15/2000

UTC Opera Theatre Presents "Sister Angelica"

The UTC Opera Theatre's will present Giacomo Puccini's one-act masterpiece "Sister Angelica" at 8 p.m. on November 16 and 17 in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine ArtsCenter.

The original premier by the Metropolitan Opera in NYC dates back to 1918. This is the middle opera of Puccini's trilogy "Il Trittico." The evening will also include opera scenes, including Dvorak's masterpiece "Rusalka".

"Sister Angelica" is set in an early 17th century convent in northern Italy, where a riveting and heart-wrenching story is played out between several "sisters", some sisters in the cloth and some actual sisters. Sister Angelica is a cloistered nun who was sent to the abbey because she had a child out of wedlock. She has not seen the child in seven years, since it was born. She is suddenly surprised by a visit from her aunt, the Princess. Here we learn that Angelica's parents were the prince and princess of the realm, but died when she was a baby. The remaining story is a genuine "three-hanky opera" with emotion and tragedy pursuing Angelica; she is only saved by a last-minute miracle.

Puccini wrote this opera as an imitation of the medieval "miracle play" genre, and the story is based on an actual convent in Italy.

Tickets are $5.00 and available from the Fine Arts Center box office at 425-4371.

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