- One ticket to see Florida Grand Opera’s The Consul
- When: Friday May 15, and Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Pre-Opera talk: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- English-language libretto; supertitles projected in English and Spanish
- $34 for mezzanine seating (up to $72 value)
- $50 for front-orchestra seating (up to $135 value)
- $68 for prime orchestra seating (up to $175 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
When Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul premiered on Broadway in 1950, the opera took home a Pulitzer Prize, a Drama Critic’s Circle Award, and a Tony during its run of 269 performances. It’s hovered a little below the radar in the years since, but its tale of one family against a totalitarian bureaucracy remains unsettlingly relevant today.
As the curtains open in an unnamed nation, political dissident John Sorel is hiding from the secret police in his own home, with only his mother and his wife Magda to shield him. His only hope? Flee the country, and hope that Magda, their infant child, and his mother can soon follow.
That, of course, is no small task. Magda must face down the faceless institution that is the Consulate, trying to obtain visas for the family while dodging the questioning of the ever-present police. Meanwhile, Magda’s mother-in-law and child become ill, and the cloud of dread surrounding them grows thicker as the opera hurtles toward its conclusion.
Designed by the Seattle Opera, the sets of the two main locations—the oppressive, file-cabinet-walled consulate building and the humble warmth of the Sorels’ apartment—highlight the tremendous gap between the government and the governed. Director Susan Danis has said that this is a story meant to connect with the Miami community, many members of which have themselves fled dictatorships and sought refuge in the U.S. Accordingly, the English language libretto is projected in both English and Spanish to reach a wide local audience.
Florida Grand Opera
Florida Grand Opera's dedication to the details has kept patrons coming back for more than seven decades. Split between two venues in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, its world-class performances draw in tens of thousands of Florida residents each year. The box office has also logged ticket buyers from 39 states and 31 foreign countries, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC, signaling their reputation's international reach.
As intimidating as grand opera can seem to the uninitiated, the FGO eases introductions with a lively Twitter feed, a candid Facebook wall, and even its own iPhone app, which helps newbies get up to speed on opera's lurid centuries of love, lust, murder, and suicide. The FGO's FAQ page similarly dispels common misconceptions, revealing that you may wear jeans to the opera and that wearing 3D glasses won't actually improve your experience.