About the Work
Commissioner: Virginia Arts Festival
Premiere: June 12, 2011. Virginia Arts Festival. Alan Johnson, conductor.
- Suor Isabetta, soprano
- Suor Lucrezia, soprano
- Suor Usimbalda, mezzo-soprano
- Suor Perpetua, mezzo
- Suor Crocifissa, tenor
- Antonio, tenor
- Padre Pietro, baritone
Evoking the humorous nature of Boccaccio’s 14th century story, “The Abbess and the Acolyte” depicts the struggle of two nuns with their desires for love and the experience of life outside the convent while trying to keep their saint-like status.