Menotti's urgent appeal for more compassion and humanity is the opera for our times
Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1950 work The Consul – about the desperate wait for a visa – could not be more topical. Menotti’s urgent appeal for more compassion and humanity is the opera for our times.
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.
This suspense-filled opera takes place in an anonymous European totalitarian state and is packed with emotion and surprises. Its gripping conclusion and amazing similarities to current events has made it a favourite of contemporary opera lovers, enjoying an eight-month run on Broadway.