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Menotti: The Consul / Hickox, Bullock, Spoleto Festival


Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9706   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer:  Susan BullockGiovanna ManciLouis OteyJacalyn Kreitzer,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spoleto Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gian Carlo Menotti was sent by his mother from Italy to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and achieved nearly immediate success following his schooling: when he was just twenty-two, 'Amelia Goes to the Ball' was performed at the Metropolitan Opera. 'The Consul' followed several years (and operas) later, and was greeted with critical acclaim, both for its musical and dramatic strengths, but for its topical nature. The story of a young family yearning for freedom from oppression had great resonance in 1950.
Menotti writes both words and music for most of his operas, resulting in an extraordinarily well-suited marriage of words and music. His sense for setting the English language--particularly for a non-native
Read more speaker--is finely tuned, and his vocal lines are always sensitive to both the notes and the words, rather than the music dragging the text along.
This recording of 'The Consul' comes from a production produced and directed by Menotti at the Spoleto Festival in 1998. The presence of the composer and the keen musical and dramatic aspects of the conductor and performers make this an excellent set. Read less

Works on This Recording

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The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer:  Susan Bullock (Soprano), Giovanna Manci (Soprano), Louis Otey (Baritone),
Jacalyn Kreitzer (Alto), Charles Austin (Bass), Victoria Livengood (Mezzo Soprano),
Herbert Eckhoff (Baritone), Robin Blitch Wiper (Soprano), Malin Fritz (Alto),
John Horton Murray (Tenor), Graeme Broadbent (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spoleto Festival Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  New Theater, Spoleto, Italy 
Length: 131 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

The Consul: Act I Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on record, John, Magda, Mother)
The Consul: Act I Scene 1: Quick, John! The Police! (Mother, Magda, Police Agent)
The Consul: Act I Scene 1: Don't move yet (Magda, Mother, John)
The Consul: Act I Scene 1: Now, O lips, say goodbye (Magda, Mother, John)
The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Interlude
The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Next. Yes ... What can I do for you? (Secretary, Mr Kofner)
The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Next. Next! (Secretary, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner)
The Consul: Act I Scene 2: Next. Hello. Oh! It's you! (Secretary, Magda)
The Consul: Act I Scene 2: I beg your pardon, Madam (Magician, Vera Boronel, Magda, Foreign Woman, Mr Kofner)
The Consul: Act II Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on record, Mother, Magda)
The Consul: Act II Scene 1: I shall find for you shells and stars (Mother)
The Consul: Act II Scene 1: John, John, why did you bring me ... (Magda, John, Mother)
The Consul: Act II Scene 1: It is the signal! (Magda, Mother, Police Agent, Assan)
The Consul: Act II Scene 1: Mother, why are you so still, Mother! (Magda, Mother)
The Consul: Act II Scene 1: Interlude
The Consul: Act II Scene 2: What did you say your name was? (Secretary, Anna Gomez, Vera Boronel, Mr Kofner, Magda, Magician)
The Consul: Act II Scene 2: My charming Ma'moiselle (Magician, Secretary, Anna Gomez, Vera Boronel, Mr Kofner, Magda, Foreign Woman)
The Consul: Act II Scene 2: Any news for me? (Magda, Secretary)
The Consul: Act II Scene 2: To this we've come (Magda, Vera Boronel, Mr Kofner, Secretary)
The Consul: Act II Scene 2: You're being very unreasonable, Mrs Sorel! (Secretary, Anna Gomez, Vera Boronel, Mr Kofner)
The Consul: Act III Scene 1: How often must I tell you, Mrs Sorel (Secretary, Vera Boronel, Assan, Magda)
The Consul: Act III Scene 1: Don't forget to sign (Secretary, Vera Boronel, Magda, Assan)
The Consul: Act III Scene 1: Oh, those faces! All those faces! (Secretary)
The Consul: Act III Scene 1: Who are you? How did you get in? (Secretary, John)
The Consul: Act III Scene 1: You cannot arrest him here (Secretary, Police Agent, John)
The Consul: Act III Scene 1: Don't be afraid, Mr Sorel! (Secretary) - Interlude
The Consul: Act III Scene 2: I never meant to do this (Magda)
The Consul: Act III Scene 2: Lo, Death's frontiers are open (Foreign Woman, Anna Gomez, Secretary, Vera Boronel, Mother, John, Mr Kofner, Magda, Voice,
The Consul: Act III Scene 2: No! Wait! Wait! ... I'm coming with you (Magda, Mother, John, Magician, Others)

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