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The Consul

October 2017

SCHUSTER CENTER DIRECTIONS

   8:00 pm Friday, October 20, 2017 
   3:00 pm Sunday, October 22, 2017 

Pre-performance Talk
 Opera Preludes with Dr. Sam Dorf one hour before performances in the Mead Theatre
Pre-performance Opera Bites in the Wintergarden

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P $94  |  A $89  |  B $68  |  C $38  |  D $28 

Music and Libretto by GIAN CARLO MENOTTI 

A Dayton Opera Premiere  

PATRICK REYNOLDS conductor WEBSITE
GARY BRIGGLE stage director
KARA SHAY THOMSON soprano – Magda Sorel WEBSITE
TYLER ALESSI baritone – John Sorel
CINDY SADLER* contralto – The Mother WEBSITE 
LAYNA CHIANAKAS mezzo-soprano – The Secretary WEBSITE
KENNETH SHAW baritone – Secret Police Agent WEBSITE 
ROBERT NORMAN tenor – The Magician, Nika Magadoff WEBSITE
THOMAS HAMMONS bass-baritone – Mr. Kofner WEBSITE
ANDREA CHENOWETH soprano – The Foreign Woman WEBSITE
MINNITA DANIEL-COX soprano – Anna Gomez WEBSITE
RYU-KYUNG KIM mezzo-soprano – Vera Boronel WEBSITE
ALEXANDER HARPER baritone – Assan

*Dayton Opera Debut

DAYTON OPERA THOMAS BANKSTON artistic director WEBSITE
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

IN ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES   

The Consul delivers a punch as powerful and timely as its subject matter—the struggle for freedom against oppression and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy. 

Set in a large central European city in the present, Gian Carlo Menotti’s first full-length opera played Broadway for eight months, winning both the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the 1950 New York Drama Critics' Circle award for Best Musical. 

Political dissident John Sorel is on the run from the secret police. His wife, Magda, and his mother conceal him. The police arrive to search, but their efforts are in vain. John plans his escape and tells Magda to apply for a visa to leave the country. He will wait at the border until he knows his family is safe.

The emotional high point of the opera comes when Magda, thwarted in her quest for a visa, addresses the Consul’s indifferent secretary in “To this we’ve come,” a stirring lament over the world’s inhumanity to the suffering. Incensed at her request to fill out more forms, Magda explodes with “I ask you for help, and all you give me is papers! Papers!” Her thrilling conclusion warns tyrants and petty bureaucrats alike: “Oh, the day will come . . . when our hearts aflame will burn your paper chains!”

This production is part of the UD first-year arts immersion, under the overarching theme of “Hospitality.”


DP&L Foundation DPAA Innovation Partner—Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts
Special presentation partnership with the University of Dayton First-Year Arts Immersion Program 
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DPAA Communications Partner
Coco's Bistro Official Cast Party Host of the Dayton Opera
The Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation – Orchestra Music Provider
Opera Guild of Dayton Surtitles Provider

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