Alabama School of the Arts Presents Menotti’s ‘The Consul’ Opera in English

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MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama School of the Arts Opera Theatre at University of Mobile presents “The Consul” by Gian-Carlo Menotti, an opera performed in English. This production will be performed Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Murphy High School Auditorium, 100 S. Carlen St., in Mobile.

Guest conductor is Maestro Curtis Tucker, artistic director for First Coast Opera in St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Patrick Jacobs, director of vocal studies and opera in the Alabama School of the Arts, is stage director.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased at or at the door. For more info, contact Alabama School of the Arts at 251.442.2383 or visit

Menotti’s first full-length opera was first premiered on Broadway in 1950 and was inspired by current events of his day, which could easily happen today. It will be performed in English by University of Mobile’s Alabama School of the Arts Opera Theater, which consists of university students and faculty members, with an orchestra of students, faculty and guest artists.

The story begins when a man is forced to leave his family to protect himself and others around him. He must wait and let time pass before he can return home. His wife visits the consul’s office to obtain a visa so she and their child can join him, but she is thwarted by the necessity for countless documents and papers. With suspenseful events, tragedy and and a surprise ending, Menotti’s first full-length opera will keep audiences on the edge of their seats throughout the entire production.

About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Baylee Gaughf

Baylee Gaughf is a kinesiology major with an internship in the University of Mobile Marketing & Public Relations Office, where she is gaining experience in journalism/media relations from an athletic viewpoint. She will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with a minor in education. She has represented UM as a student athlete on the volleyball team. Her experience as an athlete has shown her that her true passion is to be a part of a team and in a fast-paced environment related to sports. Baylee enjoys being in the outdoors, going to the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family.