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Composer Gian Carlo Menotti · Libretto by the composer | New Production

  • Dr. Richard Brunner Stiftung zur Förderung des musikalischen Nachwuchses

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Musikalische Leitung
Geoffrey Paterson
Inszenierung
Christiane Lutz
Bühne
Christian Andre Tabakoff
Kostüme
Natascha Maraval
Licht
Benedikt Zehm
Dramaturgie
Daniel Menne

Magda Sorel
Selene Zanetti
Die Sekretärin
Niamh O’Sullivan
Die Mutter
Helena Zubanovich
John Sorel
Johannes Kammler
Agent der Geheimpolizei
Igor Tsarkov
Der Zauberer Nika Magadoff
Joshua Owen Mills (03-28-2017, 03-31-2017, 04-07-2017) , Galeano Salas (03-30-2017, 04-02-2017, 04-09-2017)
Mr. Kofner
Milan Siljanov
Die Ausländerin
Anna El-Khashem
Anna Gomez
Paula Iancic
Vera Boronel
Alyona Abramowa
Assan
Frederic Jost
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Opernstudio der Bayerischen Staatsoper

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John Sorel fights the state underground to defend his ideal of freedom. To do this, he is prepared to give up his wife Magda, their child and his mother. Magda wants to follow John into exile and applies to the consulate for a visa for herself and her family. But the process is blocked by bureaucratic obstacles; Magda is never admitted by the consul. While John's supposed fight for freedom condemns his family to ruin, Magda refuses to face up to reality and acknowledge the dark lies of her life. The result is an accident where Magda and John's son dies, finally leading to disaster for the entire family.

An opera about the desperate wait for a visa - Gian Carlo Menotti's 1950 work Consul could not be more topical. The fate of Magda Sorel and her family shows how individuals fall apart as a result of destructive political activism and an inhuman bureaucracy. Menotti's urgent appeal for more compassion and humanity is the opera for our times.

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Geoffrey Paterson studierte Komposition und Dirigieren an der Cambridge University und an der Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Er arbeitet regelmäßig am Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, wo er Opern wie Massenets Le Portrait de Manon, Julian Grants Hot House, Julian Philips’ How the Whale Became und Søren Nils Eichbergs Glare dirigierte. Weitere Engagements führten ihn an Häuser wie die Opera North in Leeds und das Königlich Dänische Theater in Kopenhagen sowie an das Iford Arts Festival. Zudem assistierte er Dirigenten wie Kirill Petrenko, Antonio Pappano, Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons und Daniele Gatti und dirigierte Orchester wie die Manchester Camerata, die Hamburger Symphoniker, die London Sinfonietta und das Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Dirigat an der Bayerischen Staatsoper 2016/17: The Consul.

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