Music & Libretto By: Gian Carlo Menotti
Conducted By: Gordon Gerrard
Direction By: Brian Deedrick
Costume Design By: Josée Chartrand
Lighting Design By: Brock Keeler
Stage Managed By: Claire Thornton
Repetiteur: Elisabeta Cojocaru
Additional Libretto By: Kateryna Khartova
June 29, 2022 at 7:30pm
June 30, 2022 at 7:30pm
July 2, 2022 at 7:30pm
July 3, 2022 at 1:30pm
Venue: Freemason’s Hall, 10318 100 Ave NW, Edmonton
A contemporary opera sung in English
Single Tickets go on sale on June 1, 2002
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|Role||June 29 & July 2||June 30 & July 3|
|Magda Sorel||Chelsea Kutyn||Amy Godin|
|Secretary of the consulate||Cassidy Stahr||Alla Salakhova|
|Mother||Madeleine Gutierrez||Madeleine Gutierrez|
|John Sorel||Jayden Burrows||Max Smith|
|Secret Police Agent||Kyle Simpson||Nohl Egan|
|The Magician||Cameron Mazzei||Cameron Mazzei|
|Mr. Kofner||Nohl Egan||Kyle Simpson|
|Foreign Woman||Anastasia Pogorelova||Felicia Wilson|
|Anna Gomez||Camryn Dewar||Ashley Carpenter|
|Vera Boronel||Brianna Sutherland||Janaki Butterworth|
|Assan||Renato Araujo||Huangyang Yin|
|First Plainclothesman||Max Smith||Jayden Burrows|
|Second Plainclothesman||Huangyang Yin||Renato Araujo|
- Place: An unidentified European totalitarian country.
The political dissident John Sorel is on the run from the secret police. At his home, his wife Magda and his mother hide him. The police arrive and search, but cannot find him. John says that he will escape to the border, and tells Magda to go to the consul and apply for a visa to leave the country. He will wait to cross the border until his wife, mother and child are safe.
Scene 2: The consul's office
Many people are waiting to obtain visas. Magda applies and joins the crowd, but the secretary cannot promise anything. Much specific paperwork is needed, and obtaining a visa is a long process. The same people wait at the consul's office day after day without approval of a visa.
The child is ill, and John's mother sings to comfort the child. The police try to extract information from Magda on her husband's compatriots, but she refuses. A message then arrives from John urging Magda to hurry with the visa.
Scene 2: The consulate
Magda is desperate to see the consul. A magician, waiting for a visa, attempts to impress the secretary by performing magic tricks and hypnotizing the rest of the room into believing they are at a ball, but he only ends up frightening her. Magda, after repeated visits, erupts in an anguished rant at the secretary, who says that she may see the consul once an "important visitor" has finished his business. This visitor proves to be the chief of police and Magda flees in terror.
Magda's child and mother-in-law have died. At the consul's office, Magda learns that John is planning to risk his life and return for her. A wealthy woman arrives and is immediately given a visa. Magda thinks of suicide to try to protect John, and leaves the consulate. As the office is about to shut down for the day, John suddenly arrives, but with the police in pursuit. The police capture John, and the secretary gets on the phone to try to contact Magda.
Despondent, and with visions of her past crowding her mind, Magda turns on the gas in the oven to kill herself. Her telephone then rings, the secretary trying in vain to contact her.