Miami performances are at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.

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The Consul

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Gian Carlo Menotti
Libretto by the composer

A devoted wife collides with the bureaucracy of a police state while trying to obtain an exit visa for her family. The suspenseful opera will surprise you with several magical touches and a melodic score in which love, hope, and redemption all play their part. Don’t miss this riveting Florida Grand Opera premiere and see why it ran for eight months on Broadway!

Winner, NY Drama Critics' Award for Best Musical, Pulitzer Prize for Music, Tony Award

"Top 10 Musical Event for 2015" –The Miami Herald


John Sorel
Keith Phares

Magda Sorel
Kara Shay Thomson

The Secretary
Carla Jablonski

The Mother
Victoria Livengood

The Secret Police Agent
Tyler Simpson [debut]

The Magician
Jason Ferrante

Mr. Kofner
Chance Eakin

The Foreign Woman
Betsy Diaz

Anna Gomez
Rebecca Henriques

Vera Boronel
Kirsten Scott [debut]

Isaac Bray

The Voice
Hailey Clark

Andrew Bisantz

Stage Director
Julie Maykowski [debut]

Seattle Opera

Sung in English with English and Spanish projected titles.

Photo © Tim Fuller, Seattle Opera



Place: An unidentified totalitarian country.

Act 1

Scene 1 The Sorel apartment
The political dissident John Sorel is on the run from the secret police. At his home, his wife Magda and his mother hide him. The police arrive and search, but cannot find him. John says that he will escape to the border, and tells Magda to apply for a visa to leave the country. He will wait to cross the border until his wife, mother and child are safe.

Scene 2: The consul's office
Many people are waiting to obtain visas. Magda applies and joins the crowd, but the secretary cannot promise anything.

Act 2

Scene 1 The Sorel apartment
The child is ill, and John's mother sings to comfort the child. The police try to extract information from Magda on her husband's compatriots, but she refuses. A message then arrives from John urging Magda to hurry with the visa.

Scene 2: The consul's office
Magda is desperate to see the consul. A magician, waiting for a visa, attempts to impress the secretary by performing magic tricks and hypnotizing the rest of the room into believing they are at a ball, but he only ends up frightening her. The secretary says that she may see him once an "important visitor" has finished his business. This visitor proves to be the chief of police. Magda's fears increase.

Act 3

Scene 1 The consul's office
Magda's child and mother-in-law have died. At the consul's office, Magda learns that John is planning to risk his life and return for her. Magda thinks of suicide to try to protect John, and leaves the consulate. As the office is about to shut down for the day, John suddenly arrives, but with the police in pursuit. The police capture John, and the secretary gets on the phone to try to contact Magda.

Scene 2 The Sorel apartment
Despondent, and with visions of her past crowding her mind, Magda turns on the gas in the oven to kill herself. Her telephone then rings, the secretary trying in vain to contact her.

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