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The Consul

Directed by: Lawrence Edelson

Music and Libretto by: Gian Carlo Menotti

Original Production

July 2018 - Opera Saratoga



Cameron Anderson - Scenic Designer

Glenn Avery Breed - Costume Designer

Brandon Stirling Baker - Lighting Designer

Sondra Nottingham - Wig and Makeup Designer


Andrew Bisantz - Conductor

Meghan Kasanders - Magda Sorel

Jennifer Panara - Secretary

Deborah Nansteel - The Mother

Robert Wesley Mason - John Sorel

Tyler Nelson - Nika Magadoff

Nate Mattingly - Secret Police Agent

Kelly Glyptis - Foreign Woman

Ellen Leslie - Anna Gomez

Paulina Villarreal - Vera Boronel

Garrett Obrycki - Mr. Kofner

Nicholas G. Yaquinto - Assan

Zachary Barba, Zackery Morris - Plainclothes Policemen


"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.”

- Opera News

"Now in its fourth season under the leadership of Lawrence Edelson, Opera Saratoga has redoubled its commitment to producing modern operas, and is doing so at a very high level... Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul (1950) is an American classic, and although its story—about a persecuted family applying hopelessly for asylum in a neighboring, unidentified country—has particular resonance today, Opera Saratoga’s polished staging, directed by Mr. Edelson, mostly eschewed up-to-the-minute references and let the piece speak for itself... The staging embraced the full-throated Puccini-esque melodrama of Mr. Menotti’s score and dramaturgy.”

- The Wall Street Journal




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