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Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”

     Valley Opera & Performing Arts, in collaboration with Opera San Luis Obispo and Mission Opera, is excited to bring you this virtual production of Puccini’s heart-wrenching opera, “Suor Angelica”, performed with The VOPA Orchestra, under the baton of Brian Asher Alhadeff.

     “Suor Angelica” tells the tale of a woman who bears a child out of wedlock and is sent to a convent to repent for her sins. The opera takes place in the span of a single day, following the sisters during a celebration for the start of spring. This one-act opera is from a Trittico, or series of three one-acts, and was Puccini’s favorite of the set. The glorious music of this piece is unmatched, and we know you will be moved to tears by the end…
So have tissues nearby!


     During the YouTube live event, participate in the live chat — the production’s artists will be online to answer your questions in real time!

Shira Renee Thomas (Suor Angelica)
Cindy Sadler (La Zia Principessa)
Jennifer Lindsay (Suor Genovieffa)
Karin Wilcox (La Badessa)
Linda Baird (La Suora Zelatrice)
Hannah Headland (La Maestra delle Novizie)
Trisha Rivera (La Sorella Infermiera)
Tiffany Ho (1st La Suora Cercatrice)
Jessica Gonzalez-Rodriguez (2nd La Suora Cercatrice)
Audrey Yoder (Una Novizia)
Christina Kushnick (Suor Dolcina)
Sarah Salazar (1st Conversa)
Kristina Horacek (2nd Conversa)

The VOPA Orchestra
Brian Asher Alhadeff, Conductor

Steve Huber (Violin I)
Tamsen Beseke (Violin I)
Elizabeth Dickenson (Violin II)
Stefan Krut (Violin II)
Matthew Witmer (Viola)
Mark Bassett (Cello)
Jay Rubottom (Bass)
Amy Tatum (Flute, Piccolo)
Ryan Glass (Clarinet I)
Shelby Huber (Clarinet II)
April Cap (Oboe)
Charles Fernandez (Bassoon)
Marianna Pallas (Horn)
Gena Laird (Percussion, Timpani)
Paul Woodring (Keyboard)


Audio Triage and Assembly
Geoffrey Pope Music
Geoffrey Pope, Mixing Engineer

Highlight Media
Christina Bearce, Video Editor


This project is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

This organization is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

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