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State bureaucracy becomes a delicious opera

State bureaucracy becomes a delicious opera

born as Accusations and condemnations of the society of its timebut concluded (condemns it because of the very characteristics of the conflicts) with force without any expiration date, consulopera with text and music Gian Carlo Menotti, of which Teatro Colón has just premiered a new production, resigns himself to a present of war and pestilence.

“No one is allowed to talk to the consul. The consul is busy.”, The phrase, repeated over and over like a mantra by the consulate secretary, is the essence of the play. John Sorrell, politically persecuted, attempts to flee the country, and his insecure wife, Magda, must appeal to that diplomatic office to be able to meet him.

There are waiting like many others, Magda will get only bureaucratic demands which she cannot fulfill., And of course the always busy consul will never appear.

Singers on a revolving stage, for the staging of "El Consul".  Photo Colon Theater / Arnaldo Colomboroli

Singers on a revolving stage, for the staging of “El Consul”. Photo Colon Theater / Arnaldo Colomboroli

an original opera of the 20th century

Twenty-three years after the version memorized with a reggae by Menotti (who died in 2007), Colón has once again presented it with one of the seminal works of the 20th century. a first level artistic resultIn which the staging, technical items, cast and music direction are on the same level of excellence.

Facing the lessons of a plot and such power, stage director Rubén Zuchmachero Choose the most sensible course: Don’t interfere with grand additions or deployments between them and the audience, but highlight them through a calm and detailed acting notation.

Various shots for the staging of the opera "The Consul" by Gian Carlo Menotti.  Photo Colon Theater / Arnaldo Colomboroli

Various shots for the staging of the opera “The Consul” by Gian Carlo Menotti. Photo Colon Theater / Arnaldo Colomboroli

The visual landscape presents only two settings defined by Menotti, the Sorel House and the Consulate Waiting Room, assembled on rotating discs in an impressive set design by Jorge Ferrari.

Both the set and the costume (also Ferrari’s work) appeal to white, black and gray; This monotony is broken only in two dream sequences. Gonzalo Cordova’s illumination is impeccable, and Helps to create climate and nuances,

seasoned baton

Justin Brown and Ruben Schumacher, musical and natural directors, respectively, of "El Consul".  photo Emmanuel Fernandez

Justin Brown and Ruben Schumacher, musical and natural directors, respectively, of “El Consul”. photo Emmanuel Fernandez

Justin Brown, an experienced conductor, is in charge of a complex score. The result he has got from the stable orchestra is excellent.

Although it can be criticized that, at times, the stage loses sonic balance (perhaps the location of the singers on the rotating disc, away from the proscenium and in a fully open set, affects it), and rhythmic imbalances often occur. Well, a fact that may also be related to the distance between the singers and the stage.

definitely This version would not be the same without the presence of young Argentine soprano Carla Filippic Holm, Giant in an avatar of Magda Sorel who combines character and fragility. The character, who has moments outside the stage, is the center of the play, and Filipsik makes it his own from beginning to end, with the climax excited by the public in his famous Documents! Documents!

The consulate scenes are unforgettable not only because of the success of the staging, but also because of the singers’ delivery.

The work of the singers in "El Consul" is excellent.  Photo Colon Theater / Arnaldo Colomboroli

The work of the singers in “El Consul” is excellent. Photo Colon Theater / Arnaldo Colomboroli

Adriana Mastrangelo is another essential element in the cast, natural and vocally accurate in the character of the secretary. Pablo Urban (Nika Magadoff), Rocío Arbizu (Vera Boronel), Alejandro Spies (Mr. Kofner), Marisu Pavón (Foreign Woman) and Marina Silva (Anna Gómez) make each of these paintings a world of hope and suffering.

Brazilian baritone Leonardo Nieva perfectly met the demands of John Sorel, a brief but dramatic enough role. Well placed on the scene, Virginia Correa Dupuy stuns as Mother, although its volume is at times lost in the tide of the orchestra. Hector Geddes as Secret Agent and Sebastian Soraren as Asan are also excellent.

With this output, ovShown in a room that isn’t as crowded as other times at the premiere But with a warm welcome, the theater puts together one of its most successful shows in a difficult time with talent and creativity emerging as the best options.

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Author: Gian Carlo Menotti Music Direction: Justin Brown stage direction: Reuben Schuchmacher alive: Teatro Colon, Tuesday, May 5. Repeat on Thursday 5th, Sunday 8th and Tuesday 10th May.

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