The University of Arizona Opera Theater presents its fall production, featuring

Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Consul.”

Four performances will be offered Nov. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 20 at 3 p.m., at Crowder Hall, in the University of Arizona School of Music building, on the southeast corner of Park and Speedway.

The Arizona Symphony Orchestra will perform under the baton of Music Director Thomas Cockrell. Presented fully costumed and staged, in English with supertitles, the production is under the artistic direction of Charles Roe.

“The Consul,” for which Menotti won the Pulitzer Prize for Music, premiered in 1950 at the beginning of the Cold War.

The events of the opera are set in motion by John Sorel, who, in order to save his own life and the lives of his freedom-loving friends, is forced to leave his wife Magda and escape over the border. Magda repeatedly attempts to plead her case for a visa to the Consul while she and others seeking their freedom wait in desperation. A defeated Magda loses all hope of joining her husband, and must make a choice.

The production is double cast and includes Seth Kershisnik, Christy McClarty, Mele Santos, Mackenzie Romriell, Kyle Connor, Jovahnna Anderson, Stephanie

Brink, Jess Koehn, Jose Coca, Ellen Hinkle, Gaby Carillo, Emily Spirk, Brandon Dale, Mitchell Sturges, Alejandro Banuelos, Brandon Sheckler-Best and Dan Oliver.

Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $12 for UA employees and seniors 55 and older, and $10 students.

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