Music Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera The Consul. Directed by Sarah Mantel, The Consul will be showing four nights from Wednesday December 3, through Saturday, December, 6, at 7:00 p.m. on the Waller Hall Mainstage.
This music drama centers on individual freedoms and the constant fight against oppression. Premiering in 1952, The Consul portrays issues that are still relevant all over the world today.
“You could pick any five places in the world right now,” stated director Mantel, “that could relate to these same issues. All over the world, people are looking for the freedom to live their lives happily and support their families without political regimes taking away those liberties.”
The opera is set in an unnamed 1940s postwar European country that is torn by civil strife. As the show begins, John Sorel, a resistance fighter, enters his home desperately searching for his wife, Magda.
Nursing a gunshot wound and hunted by the secret police, John explains to his wife that he must cross the frontier to safety. Since the trip is too dangerous for her and their family, they agree that Magda will go to the Consulate of a neighboring country to seek asylum. At the Consulate, however, Magda is met by a secretary whose main goal appears to be to stand in the way of justice.
Menotti used five characters from different backgrounds deliberately to show how everyone is going through the same struggles, regardless of race or nationality. The Consul is more contemporary than Menotti’s best-known work, Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Tickets for The Consul are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus. Tickets remaining can be purchased at the door forty-five minutes prior to the start of the performance. Tickets are $15 regular admission, $13 for seniors and groups, and $9 for students and children.
For more information, call The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547. Tickets may be purchased with a credit card by calling the HUB Ticket Office at 724-357-1313.
This intense operatic work is not recommended for young children and contains some scenes of violence.
Music Theater is produced by the IUP Department of Music and College of Fine Arts and is funded, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association.