THE CONSUL by Gian Carlo Menotti
Friday, November 22 at 7:30pm
SUNDAY, November 24 at 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom, The Engineers Club - 11 W. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21201
The performance will be sung in English with English supertitles.
Join us for a free pre-performance lecture 30 minutes before each performance.
The opera will run approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
"Your name is a number, your story's a case." Gian-Carlo Menotti's The Consul touches on issues of fascism, political resistance, and immigration bureaucracy that are every bit as relevant today as when the work premiered in 1950. Magda Sorel's husband John has been wounded by the police and has fled the country as a dissident, and Magda finds herself at the consulate, trying in vain to obtain a visa to leave the country. As Magda becomes increasingly exasperated with the "papers, papers, papers" and the consul's failure to appear, Magda passionately exclaims that the day will come when "neither ink nor seal shall cage our souls." The Consul, which earned Menotti a Pulitzer Prize for Music, speaks across the decades to current debates about borders and refugees with stunning clarity.
Magda Sorel: Melanie Henley Heyn
John Sorel: Ron Loyd
The Secretary: Kate Farrar
The Mother: Jenni Bank
Nika Magadoff (the Magician): Ian McEuen
Mr. Kofner: Jeffrey Grayson Gates
The Foreign Woman: Laura Corina Sanders
Anna Gomez: Dana MacIntosh
Vera Boronel: Sarah Saturnino
Conductor: Laurie Rogers
Pianist: Joy Schreier
Pre-show Dining at the Club – Open to All!
Need to eat before the opera? Dine at the mansion before the performance! Complete your BCO experience with a delicious dinner buffet preceding the opera on Friday, November 22nd. $43 includes the full buffet, tax and gratuity. Make your reservations now and pay at the club when you dine. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance to guarantee seating. Click HERE or call 443-445-0226 to secure your reservation.