The Consul

Opera

Writers: Gian Carlo Menotti

Overview

Show Information

Category
Opera
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1950
Genres
Drama
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
somewhere in europe, after world war ii
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal for
College/University, Professional Opera
Casting Notes

Includes adult, mature adult, elderly characters

Synopsis

When her family’s safety is put at risk, Magda Sorel must obtain visas for them to leave the country. Magda is pitted against a bureaucracy that is unrelenting and which has a corrupt and manipulative secret police. The Consul is a suspense-filled opera packed with emotion and surprises that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Its gripping conclusion and its amazing similarities to current events has made it a favorite of contemporary opera lovers. The Consul is set in an ambiguous country, and in a consulate for another ambiguous country. In the post-World War era this spoke to the public and may have been much of the reason that The Consul had an eight-month run on Broadway.

Lead Characters