Amazing audience reception for The Consul. So sad it's over! Some rest now before embarking on our next adventure. Thank you so much to everyone who supported us, came to see us, and cheered us on along the way.
Just Opera's chamber opera "The Consul" is aweeeesome. Beautifully acted and sung, lots of haunting moments. Stage direction elevates the experience and transfo...rms the performance space, I feel like I'm part of the storyline.
Menotti's music is just beautiful, both contemporary and timeless in a way. Every musician and performer delivers their techniques and expertise, making me feel like $30/ ticket is such steal to witness their artistry.
Brava Katia and congrats to Just Opera's inaugural production 😃🎵
Great writeup of Just Opera and The Consul by Anne Gelhaus in the SJ Mercury News!
Our conductor Marie-Louise Catsalis has assembled a chamber ensemble for The Consul. We got to have a first music rehearsal with them today and the sound is fantastic. It's amazing how much color and drama the instrumentalists add!
Thank you to Evan Schaeffer for being our newest backer!
Thank you Andrew Ho for being our latest backer!! Less than one week left, please help us reach our goal and help us get awesome lights, sets, and costumes!
One week of music rehearsals in the book! The cast all sound fantastic individually, and blend together beautifully. Lindsey Breitschaedel is amazing at the piano. Please consider helping us by contributing to the Indiegogo campaign at https://igg.me/at/justopera ! We have some very cool staging effects in the works, but they are not cheap
By Gian Carlo Menotti
Presented by: Just Opera, http:/fb.me/justoperaco...
Friday, August 25, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 26, 2:30pm
Sunday, August 27, 2:30pm
At the MACLA Theater in downtown San Jose
510 South 1st Street
Buy tickets: http://theconsul-justopera.bpt.me/
Just as relevant today as when it premiered in 1950, The Consul is an American opera that tells the story of a woman trying to flee an unnamed totalitarian country who is stopped and ultimately killed by the extreme vetting necessary to obtain a visa.
The show has a sweeping score, with stirring arias and powerful ensembles. This production will be staged in a black box theater that will put the audience in the consulate waiting room together with the actors, and the intimate setting will reinforce the poignancy of the message.
Due to some disturbing scenes and mature themes, this show will likely not be appropriate for children.
Director: Phil Lowery
Music Director: Marie-Louise Catsalis
Magda Sorel: Katia Hayati
The Secretary: Gwendolyn Kuhlmann
John Sorel: Matthew La Rochelle
The Mother: Elana Cowen
Secret Police Agent: Ben Brady
The Magician: Greg Allen Friedman
Mr. Kofner: Norman Espinoza
The Foreign Woman: Kathryn Benedicto
Anna Gomez: Elizabeth Patterson
Vera Boronel: Katie Francis
Assan: Dan Galpin
Voice on the Record: Danielle Wells
Plainclothesmen: Houdin Dehnad, Miles Spielberg
Piano: Jason Griffin
About Just Opera:
Just Opera is a new indie company founded by Katia Hayati. Its goal is to bring to life 20th and 21st century operas whose themes touch on justice and liberty.
Tomorrow! I hope you'll be able to join us. Rehearsals have been sounding wonderful, and we're very excited to share these beautiful songs with you.
A huge thank you to an anonymous donor and to Madeleine Graham for pushing us over the 50% funded mark!
An enormous THANK YOU to Ari Bocian, Don Nguyen, and an anonymous donor for pushing the Indiegogo campaign almost to the 50% mark after less than 2 days! I'm so grateful for the generosity and support of my amazing friends
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