In less than three weeks, Cordelia’s Potted Opera’s (CPO), will be putting on one of their two final shows for the year, Suor Angelica. After an enormous 2017 season, which included the likes of Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly and Rigoletto, Puccini’s Suor Angelica is a hidden treasure. Whilst the opera’s popularity may not have reached the heights of the composer's La Boheme or Tosca, Suor Angelica is nonetheless a beautiful, sensitive and sentimental opera, portraying the emotional strain and tragedy of Sister Angelica: a nun in a convent near Siena in the latter part of the 17th century.
Within the production, professionals and young emerging artists perform alongside, offering the developing musicians a real opportunity to work alongside professionals and to get an insight into the world of opera. In my opinion, this is a hugely important quality opportunity which contributes to and aids the success of the company. Sharing the role of Angelica is Suzanne Shakespeare and Bethany Eloise, two highly competent and excellent sopranos with many a role to their name. The emotional depth and sense of realism they bring to the role of Angelica is just as astounding as their effortless and soaring top Cs. Belinda Paterson takes on the role of Principessa, Angelica’s aunt, and Kerrie Bolton features as the ever-dominant Abbess. Seasoned performer Kate Bright also returns to CPO performing the Monitor.
Under the direction from Stee Cordelia and Michael Lampard, it is exciting to see how much the show will develop and progress over the coming weeks. An experienced baritone turned conductor and music director, Michael Lampard is an essential part of the rehearsal process. His understanding of singers has allowed for the sound of the chorus to flourish. Whilst the music has been the paramount focus for the last two weeks, staging will be underway in tonight’s rehearsal led by Stee. Pamela Christie performs alongside the singers bringing an array of colour into the show with her brilliantly emotive piano playing. The music of Puccini just soars!
Performances will be held at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Canterbury and St Martin’s Anglican Church in South Yarra. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase here.