(Puccini: Suor Angelica). Sop. From a noble family in Florence, Angelica had an illegitimate child. To hide from the shame this brought on the family, she entered a convent, but she longs to know what has happened to the child she left behind. After seven years she has a visitor—the Principessa La Zia (her aunt, the Princess). Angelica asks for news of her son, and her aunt bluntly tells her that the child died two years ago. After the Princess has left, Angelica takes poison—she wants to join her son in heaven—but she then realizes that suicide is a mortal sin. She prays to the Virgin Mary for forgiveness, and has a vision of the Madonna bringing her dead son towards her. He will lead her into heaven. Aria: Senza mamma (‘Without your mother’). Created (1918) by Geraldine Farrar.