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‘Suor Angelica’: Puccini Opera and Reception

Presented by Talent Unlimted

February 27, 2014
Thursday 7pm
To book:
Opera only: Adults £20, Students £8
Opera & Reception (with food and drinks):
Adults £35, Students £23

St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

Aylin Bozok, Director

Philip Voldman, Music Director

Puccini’s Suor Angelica is the second in his triptych of one-act operas known as Il Trittico.Highly charged emotionally, the opera is set in a convent where Sister Angelica has been sequestered by her family to atone for her sin as the mother of an illegitimate child.

This beautifully lyrical piece harnesses the melodic and dramatic power of opera to bring together the themes of love, sin, religious devotion, death and redemption. The intimacy and masterful pacing captivate from the outset, drawing the audience in inexorably towards a moving and tragically human climax.

Under the musical direction of New York-born Philip Voldman, the lead singers in the cast of 14 are Joana Seara as Sister Angelica and Rhonda Browne as La Zia Principessa.

The performance is stage-directed by one of today’s most exciting young directors. The Swiss–Turkish musical director Aylin Bozok’s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Grimeborn festival last year was described by the Telegraph as ‘the best fringe opera in London’, and the Independent as ‘a model of sensitive direction’. According to the Evening Standard ‘Debussy’s only finished opera is not a simple work but you won’t see it done more persuasively than in Aylin Bozok’s production, which follows the opera’s dreamlike nature and delivers an unreal, minimalist, black-box world where a circle of salt is a pool.’ For One-StopArts it was ‘a masterclass in restrained intensity’.

It promises to be an exciting evening in Piccadilly.

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