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.
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.
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