Seattle Opera Maria Gavrilova debuts as Suor Angelica by Seattle Opera published on 2013/05/05 17:39:00 +0000 Russian soprano Maria Gavrilova made her Seattle Opera debut on May 4, 2013 as Suor Angelica. It was both her first time singing the role and the first Seattle Opera performance of this powerful tragedy. Performances run through May 18, 2013. Seven years earlier, Angelica brought shame upon her wealthy, conservative family when she bore a child out of wedlock. Forced into a convent, she now learns that her son has been dead for two years. She mourns him, and then--in this passage--ecstastically foresees a way out of her situation: "Grace shines on me; Sisters, I am happy! In Heaven they are singing: Praise the holy Virgin!" Soprano Maria Gavrilova with the chorus and orchestra of Seattle Opera conducted by Gary Thor Wedow. Photo by Elise Bakketun. At the conclusion of this passage Puccini calls for "Tavolette" played by the percussion section. Also known as "nun clappers," tavolette were played in sequestered convents (where silence was the rule) to announce meals or services such as evening vespers.