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

Friday, 31. March 2017
07:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Duration est. 2 hours

Introductory Event: 06:00 PM

Prices CE , € 44 /- /- /- /- /-

Premiere at 28. March 2017

  • Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der

  • Dr. Richard Brunner Stiftung zur Förderung des musikalischen Nachwuchses

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Musikalische Leitung
Geoffrey Paterson
Christiane Lutz
Christian Andre Tabakoff
Natascha Maraval
Benedikt Zehm
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
Mr. Kofner
Milan Siljanov
Die Ausländerin
Anna El-Khashem
Anna Gomez
Paula Iancic
Vera Boronel
Alyona Abramowa
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 studied composition and conducting at Cambridge University and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He works at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London regularly, where he conducts Operas such as Massenet’s Le Portait de Manon, Julian Grant’s Hot House, Julia Philip’s How the Whale Became and Søren Nils Eichberg's Glare. Other engagements took him to the Opera North in Leeds, to the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen and the Iford Arts Festival. He also assisted cunductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Antonio Pappano, Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons and Daniele Gatti and conducted orchestras such as the Manchester Camerata, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Conductor at the Bayerische Staatsoper 2016/17: The Consul.
Conducting with the Bayerisches Staatsballett 2018/19: Portait Wayne McGregor.

(Information as of September 2018)

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