Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica)
  • Giacomo Puccini. Opera in one act. 1917.
  • Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano.
  • First performance at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, on 14th December 1918.
CHARACTERS
Suor Angelica soprano
The Princess, her aunt contralto
The Abbess mezzo-soprano
The Alms Sister soprano
The Novice-Mistress mezzo-soprano
Suor Genovieffa soprano
Suor Osmina soprano
Suor Dolcina mezzo-soprano
Novices mezzo-sopranos
Nursing Sister soprano

Sister Angelica, as the mother of an illegitimate baby, expiates her sin in a convent. Her aunt, the Princess, seeking her signature to a document for her sister's marriage, tells her that the child died two years ago. In despair Sister Angelica takes poison, but prays for forgiveness, seeing, as she dies, a vision of the Blessed Virgin bringing her child to her.

Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) formed part of Puccini's Il trittico (The Triptych), a group of three operas, with Gianni Schicchi and Il tabarro (The Cloak). The best known aria from the work is the moving Senza mamma, o bimbo (With no mother, my little child).