Ensemble: NEC Philharmonia

Conductor: Gil Rose

Artists: Emily M. Jensen (Soprano), Annie Simon (Soprano), Nataly Wickham (Soprano), Kirsten Hart (Mezzo Soprano), Chelsea Elizabeth Bolter (Contralto), Elena Snow (Contralto), Vincent Festa (Tenor), Junhan Choi (Baritone), Jeremy Irland (Baritone), Vincent Turregano (Baritone), Josh Quinn (Bass Baritone)

Gian-Carlo Menotti’s first full-length opera, “The Consul” (1950), is a Cold War-era, No-Exit thriller that won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1950, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical Play and ran for more than 280 performances on Broadway.

With echoes of Beckett and Kafka, it depicts a woman in an unnamed totalitarian country trying desperately to secure a visa so she, her child, and her mother can join her dissident husband across the border. Audiences may find contemporary resonance with some of today’s international tensions.

Guest conductor Gil Rose, Artistic Director of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (NEC's Affiliate Orchestra for New Music), leads this concert performance.

Joshua Major, Chair of Opera Studies, directs this concert version.

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Program

Menotti: The Consul
Act I
Act II
Act III
Emily M. Jensen (Soprano), Annie Simon (Soprano), Nataly Wickham (Soprano), Kirsten Hart (Mezzo Soprano), Chelsea Elizabeth Bolter (Contralto), Elena Snow (Contralto), Vincent Festa (Tenor), Junhan Choi (Baritone), Jeremy Irland (Baritone), Vincent Turregano (Baritone), Josh Quinn (Bass Baritone)

Date: October 29, 2014 - 8:00PM

Price: Free

Location: NEC's Jordan Hall

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