"Opera Saratoga’s Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson has tackled vital political issues in his programming before, but even he can’t have realized how timely Gian Carlo Menotti’s Cold War “Broadway opera” The Consul (1950)would be this summer. Seen on July 9, Edelson’s production proved tight and riveting. . . The magician Nika Magadoff and his completely preposterous comic relief episodes are probably Menotti’s greatest lapse of taste and tone in this show, but tenor Tyler Nelson handled the role dapperly and with both vocal assurance and neat prestidigitation."