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    • Order numbers: AM 121-010
      Hal Leonard # 4000278
    • Instrumentation: Soprano and/or cello solo & wind orchestra (optional: trombone or euphonium)
    • Duration: 5'30
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Angelo del Cielo

from the opera Suor Angelica
Giacomo Puccini / Arr. Johan de Meij
Recorded on CD Amstel Classics 2010-01

The one-act opera Suor Angelica is the 2nd part of Puccini’s Il Trittico and takes places in the cloisters of an Italian convent at the end of the seventeenth century. Of noble birth, Angelica has been a nun for seven years, having been forced by her family as punishment for an unknown sin. When her aunt visits her, she tells Angelica about her baby son – whom she saw and kissed only once before she was sent to the convent. What does he look like? What color are his eyes? She then hears that her child died two years ago. This terrible news becomes the reason for her only aria, Senza Mamma, a heart-rending song of restraint and dignity to her little ‘angel in heaven’ (Angelo del Cielo). At the end of the opera, the orchestra is heard in full color, accompanying Angelica’s suicide.