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FGCU Bower School of Music's Opera Students Perform Suor Angelica Jan. 15 in Naples
1/2/2009

WHO Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music, for the public

WHAT "Suor Angelica," The Puccini opera directed by associate professor and head of Voice Studies in the Bower School of Music Jeanie Darnell, accompanied by Dick Crofts, will be performed by the FGCU Opera Workshop students.

WHEN 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15

WHERE Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive in Naples

WHY Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) wrote "Suor Angelica" as the second one-act opera in his opera trilogy, "Il Trittico," which also included "Il Tabarro" (The Cloak) and "Gianni Schicchi." It premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918. Puccini collaborated with librettist Giovacchino Forzano. It takes place at the end of the 17th century in a Tuscan convent. The tragic drama unfolds before the backdrop of a careful, detailed picture of convent life. Puccini's sister Iginia was a nun who became the Mother Superior of a convent in Vicepelago. His understanding of convent life from first-hand experiences may have served as inspiration for "Suor Angelica."

COST Free and open to the public

CONTACT Jeanie Darnell at (239) 590-7548



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