The Consul
Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti
Librettist: Gian Carlo Menotti
Other Artistic Personnel: Gian Carlo Menotti (stage director)
Original Cast: Patricia Neway (Magda)
Marie Powers (Mother)
Cornell MacNeil (John Sorel)
Gloria Lane (Secretary)
Leon Lishner (Secret Police Agent)
Chester Watson (First Plainclothesman)
Donald Blackey (Second Plainclothesman)
Andrew McKinley (Magician)
George Jongeyans (Mr. Kofner)
Lydia Summers (Vera Boronel)
Maria Marlo (Foreign Woman)
Francis Monachino (Assan)
Mabel Mercer (Voice on the Record)
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Premiere Date: March 01, 1950
Description: Set in Europe, John has fled his country, which is under a dictatorship, to save his life and wants his wife, Magda, his baby and his mother to join him. Magda is frustrated by the red tape at the consul’s office and her inability to see him. When John returns home, he discovers that Magda is dead and he is arrested by the secret police.
Character List (Major): John Sorel (Baritone)
Magda Sorel (Soprano)
The Mother (Contralto)
Secret Police Agent (Bass)
First Plainclothesman (Silent)
Second Plainclothesman (Silent)
The Secretary (Mezzo-Soprano)
Mr. Kofner (Bass-Baritone)
The Foreign Woman (Soprano)
Anna Gomez (Soprano)
Vera Boronel (Contralto)
The Magician (Tenor)
Assan (Baritone)
Voice on the Record (Soprano)
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 3
Orchestration: fl (pic), ob (ca), cl, bsn - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, tbn - timp, perc - hp, pf - str
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
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Phone: 212-254-2100
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Schedule of Performances Listings
The Consul (Menotti)
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - Florida Grand Opera
The Consul (Menotti)
Friday, April 25, 2014 - Opera Santa Barbara
The Consul (Menotti)
Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Opera New Jersey
The Consul (Menotti)
Saturday, March 5, 2011 - Opéra de Montréal
The Consul (Menotti)
Saturday, July 25, 2009 - Glimmerglass Festival
The Consul (Menotti)
Friday, July 24, 2009 - Chautauqua Opera
The Consul (Menotti)
Friday, April 15, 2005 - Arizona Opera
The Consul (Menotti)
Saturday, March 5, 2005 - North Bay Opera
The Consul (Menotti)
Saturday, December 7, 2002 - Curtis Institute of Music Opera Theatre
The Consul (Menotti)
Saturday, March 30, 2002 - Portland Opera
The Consul (Menotti)
Saturday, July 1, 2000 - Des Moines Metro Opera
The Consul (Menotti)
Thursday, March 30, 2000 - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The Consul (Menotti)
Monday, May 3, 1999 - Opéra de Montréal
The Consul (Menotti)
Saturday, February 8, 1997 - Manitoba Opera
The Consul (Menotti)
Saturday, October 19, 1996 - Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Consul (Menotti)
Wednesday, April 26, 1995 - Opéra de Montréal
The Consul (Menotti)
Tuesday, April 19, 1994 - University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
The Consul (Menotti)
Friday, October 8, 1993 - Florentine Opera Company
The Consul (Menotti)
- Opéra de Montréal
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