This outstanding double bill features the outstanding American soprano Kelly Kaduce singing both Nedda in Pagliacci and Sister Angelica in Puccini's musical drama. Her previous engagements with Florida Grand Opera include Marguerite in Faust, Mimì in La bohème, the title role in the world premiere of Anna Karenina, and last season as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro. Ms. Kaduce will be joined in Suor Angelica by mezzo-soprano Mzia Nioradze, a Georgian mezzo-soprano, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2002 in War and Peace and has performed with leading companies in the United States and Europe. Tenor Jay Hunter Morris will be singing Canio. He last appeared with Florida Grand Opera in the 2000 production of La traviata and has since performed some of the tenor repertory's most demanding roles for leading companies.
Does life imitate art? Or is it the other way around! When a troupe of itinerant actors arrives in a small, desolate town to perform, the villagers have no idea of what they are about to witness!
Canio, the leader of the troupe, discovers that his wife Nedda is having an affair with a younger man. Devastated, he dons his clown suit and makeup and sings one of the most powerful and poignant tenor arias ever composed, Vesti la giubba (Put on the trappings). The rest of the opera unfolds tragically, as the unaware audience watches this improvisation of life imitating art imitating life to its violent conclusion. Consumed by rage and driven insane by jealousy, Canio stabs his wife, her lover...and finishes this gripping show speaking some of the most memorable words in all grand opera... "La commedia è finita" (the comedy is over).
Poor Sister Angelica. She's young, beautiful, wealthy, and banished to a convent as punishment for having a child out of wedlock. After seven long years Angelica is visited by her aunt, the Princess, who informs her not only must she renounce her inheritance, but that her son has taken ill and died.
She is destroyed. Imprisoned by her past, and bound by her faith, she has a vision--her son is calling her from heaven. She drinks poison so that she may join him, and then remembers--too late--that suicide is a mortal sin. As she prays to the Virgin Mary for mercy, the Virgin appears to her, along with her son, who races into her arms as she dies.
November 14 -28
Miami performances are at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.
December 3 & 5
Fort Lauderdale performances are at the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.