Boston Conservatory at Berklee Center Stage to Present Powerful Opera 'The Consul'

March 06, 2019 Tori Donahue

Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Center Stage programming continues with a piece that rings true to today’s political environment, operatic masterpiece The Consul. The Pulitzer Prize–winning opera originally premiered at Philadelphia’s Schubert Theater before moving to Broadway in 1950, with music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti. Performances will take place at Boston Conservatory Theater from Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31.

The Consul was inspired by Menotti’s experience after immigrating to the United States during World War II, where he was labeled an “enemy alien” due to his Italian citizenship. He wrote the opera to reflect the many stories of refugees fleeing Eastern Europe during the war who took refuge in the United States. The Consul will be sung in English with English supertitles.

"Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul is as relevant today as it was when it was written, nearly 70 years ago. The struggle for freedom against oppression, the search for a safe haven for those who must flee tyranny, and the soul-destroying nature of bureaucracy are still rampant across the world, including in our own country,” said director and Boston Conservatory at Berklee Professor of Opera Johnathon Pape. “The powerful music and timely subject matter of The Consul combine with the tremendous performances by our students to create an operatic experience that cannot be missed."

Evening performances will take place March 28 through 30 at 8:00 p.m.; a matinee will take place on March 31 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held at Boston Conservatory Theater, located at 31 Hemenway Street in Boston, MA. 

Tickets for The Consul are $25 to $30, with discounts available.

How to Purchase Tickets:

Online: Visit the Conservatory's event page.
By Phone: 617-912-9222, Wednesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
In Person: Tickets to Boston Conservatory at Berklee events may be purchased in person at the Berklee Box Office, located at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Monday through Saturday, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Beginning one hour prior to the performance start time, tickets may be purchased in person directly at the venue where the event is taking place. All day-of ticket sales are subject to availability.