• Gian Carlo Menotti
  • The Consul (1950)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • 1(pic)1(ca)112210timp.perchp.pfstr
  • 2 Baritones, 4 Sopranos, 2 Altos, Bass, Mezzo soprano, Bass baritone, 2 silent roles
  • 2 hr
  • Gian Carlo Menotti
  • Libretto by the composer.
  • Italian, Polish, English, French, German

Programme Note

1950 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Cast List:

   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 (NIKA MAGADOFF): Tenor
   ASSAN: Baritone
   VOICE ON THE RECORD: Soprano


Synopsis:

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.


Listen

The Consul: Act I Scene 1: Quick, John! The Police! (Mother, Magda, Police Agent)
The Consul: Act II Scene 2: Any news for me? (Magda, Secretary)
The Consul: Act I Scene 1: Don’t move yet (Magda, Mother, John)
The Consul: Act II Scene 2: To this we've come (Magda, Vera Boronel, Mr Kofner, Secretary)
The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Interlude
The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Next. Yes … What can I do for you? (Secretary, Mr Kofner)
The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Next. Next! (Secretary, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner)
The Consul: Act III Scene 1: Oh, those faces! All those faces! (Secretary)
The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Next. Hello. Oh! It's you! (Secretary, Magda)
The Consul: Act III Scene 1: Who are you? How did you get in? (Secretary, John)
The Consul: Act I Scene 2: I beg your pardon, Madam (Magician, Vera Boronel, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner)
The Consul: Act II Scene 1: I shall find for you shells and stars (Mother)
The Consul: Act II Scene 1: John, John, why did you bring me … (Magda, John, Mother)
The Consul: Act III Scene 2: I never meant to do this (Magda)
The Consul: Act II Scene 1: It is the signal! (Magda, Mother, Police Agent, Assan)
The Consul: Act II Scene 1: Interlude

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