The Consul

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The Consul is an opera in three acts with music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)

The original text

Set around an enigmatic consulate in Eastern Europe, Gian Carlo Menotti’s three-act opera constructs a gloomy world in which a family’s desperate attempt to flee totalitarian rule is met with an indifferent bureaucracy.

Its first performance was on March 1, 1950, at the Shubert Theatre in Philadelphia.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1968: Presented by NAPAC Opera.

1991: Presented by CAPAB Opera (2–10 February)


Five Facts to Know about Gian Carlo Menotti and 'The Consul'. Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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