Giacomo Puccini

Suor Angelica

Sorrow is the sweetest song.

27 Sep 2024

Suor Angelica is a heart-rending story of a young, unmarried mother separated from her child by her aristocratic family and confined to a convent. One of Puccini’s rawest creations, the opera takes us on an extraordinary emotional journey.


When she is forced by her family to join a convent, Angelica’s life is reduced to the confines of its walled garden. In this rose-scented cage, she is tormented by the love and life she was robbed of. Doubt consumes her as she questions her faith and tries to forgive herself and her family. A moment of crisis comes when she is visited by her aunt carrying devastating news of her son.


In Puccini’s profoundly moving score, the opera captures the searching, questioning nature of grief and the possibility or impossibility of forgiveness. Indeed the aria ‘Senza mamma’ (‘Sweetest love, you died without your mother’), is one of the most poignant Puccini ever wrote.

Singers & Creatives

The leading role, Sister Angelica, is sung by Olivier Award-nominated soprano, Sinead Campbell-Wallace. Christine Rice, one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, sings the role of Angelica’s main tormentor, the Princess, her aunt. Former Harewood artists, Alexandra Oomens and Madeleine Shaw, sing Sister Genovieffa and The Abbess respectively.

The production is directed by ENO’s Artistic Director, Annilese Miskimmon, and is conducted by Corinna Niemeyer, Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, who is making her ENO debut. English translation is by Amanda Holden.

Overwhelming power in [Director] Annilese Miskimmon's new production

The Arts Desk

Corinna Niemeyer... conducts with detailed subtlety and beautifully understated intensity

The Guardian

Running Time
0hrs 55mins

There is no interval.


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Sung in English with the words displayed above the stage (Surtitles)

Age Guidance: 15+

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Suor Angelica Creative Team 2024

Corinna Niemeyer


Annilese Miskimmon


Amanda Holden


Suor Angelica Cast 2024


The performance length of Suor Angelica is approximately 55 minutes, with no interval.

Suor Angelica is a one-act opera by Giacomo Puccini. It is set in a convent where Sister Angelica has lived for seven years, as punishment for having an illegitimate child.

Despite the seemingly nice life of the convent, Sister Angelica yearns for news of her child. One day, her aunt, The Princess, visits to give her tragic news. Sister Angelica falls into deep despair, and begins to seek an end to her devastation.

The opera is a heartbreaking demonstration of spirituality, love and redemption.

The role of Suor Angelica is traditionally performed by a soprano, who sings the libretto. 

Yes. Suor Angelica is an excellent choice for those new to the world of opera. It is a one-act opera so it is shorter than the average multiple-act opera. The plot centres around the universal themes of love and loss. Puccini’s compositions are very accessible for newcomers. His work is renowned for being emotionally engaging, beautiful and captivating.