Cameron University music students will take the stage as the Department of Music presents Giacomo Puccini's opera "Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica)" on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens/military with Cameron University students, faculty and staff being admitted free with proper identification. The production is made possible by funding from the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild, which will host a post-opera reception in the Music Lobby following the Nov. 12 production.
Featured vocalists in "Suor Angelica" will be Prudence Rivera, Lawton, as Sister Angelica; Melissa Delgado, Lawton, as The Princess; Jordan Brickhouse, Altus, as The Abbess; Alyssa Yates, Elgin, as The Monitress; Jamie Hatcher, Lawton, The Mistress of the Novices; Heesun Stanfield, Lawton, as Sister Genovieffa; Tara Gill, Lawton, as Sister Osmina; Jennifer Nixon, Marlow, as Sister Dolcina; Alyson Hays, Marlow, as The Nursing Sister; and Holly Evans, Lawton, as The Alms Sister. Dr. Earl Logan will direct the production, and Yiuka Chan Spannagel will provide accompaniment on piano.
Set in a 17th century convent near Siena, Italy, the one-act opera opens with scenes showing typical aspects of life in the convent. As the nuns discuss their desires, Sister Angelica claims to have none. The nuns allege that Sister Angelica has lied, because her true desire is to hear from her wealthy, noble family, whom she has not heard from in seven years. The rumors have it that she was sent to the convent as punishment.
Upon hearing that a grand coach is waiting outside the convent, Sister Angelica becomes nervous and upset, thinking rightly that someone in her family has come to visit her. The Abbess announces the visitor, the Princess, Sister Angelica's aunt. The Princess explains that Angelica's sister is to be married and that Angelica must sign a document renouncing her claim to her inheritance. Angelica replies that she has repented for her sin, but she cannot forget the memory of her illegitimate son who was taken from her seven years ago. The Princess informs Sister Angelica that her son died of fever. Sister Angelica, devastated, signs the document and collapses in tears. The Princess leaves.
Sister Angelica is seized by a heavenly vision - she believes she hears her son calling for her to meet him in paradise. She drinks a poison, then realizes that in committing suicide, she has committed a mortal sin. Dying, she begs the Virgin Mary for mercy and sees a miracle: the Virgin Mary appears, along with Sister Angelica's son, who runs to embrace her.
For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 581-2440.
November 1, 2011