Puccini's Opera Suor Angelica: Presented by BASOTI
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The last date listed for Suor Angelica was Saturday July 24, 2010 / 2:00pm.
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Sometimes, when going to an academic, or in this case, "Institute" performance, you lower your expectations to certain degrees on certain criteria.
With BASOTI, there was only need to moderate expectations in the most trivial of ways. Was there a full orchestra? No, but the pianists did a PHENOMENAL job of extracting Puccini's orchestration. Along with that, the conductor did a great job leading the collected ensemble.
The performances by the ladies was wrought with truly professional-calibre depth and musicianship.
I would highly recommend seeing this wonderful performance, and attending more BASOTI performances. This is truly a hidden gem in the Bay Area.
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It seemed like a lot of preparation went into this production. It was very serious and well-done. The mezzo who sang the Old Princess was a very good actress with a striking presence. I will return to another production in the future.
This one-act opera takes place in a convent in 17th-century Siena. While depicting the daily life and devotion of the sisters in the convent, Puccini slowly unravels the hidden past of one sister in particular. Though the sisters are taught to be free of all earthly desires, Sister Angelica has only one desire — to be reunited with her son she had seven years ago. Her story is tragic, but is told by Puccini with heart-warming poignance and beauty that is characteristic of his operas.
Directed by Rod Gomez, conducted by Valery Ryvkin, sung in Italian.