It’s easy to understand why Menotti’s The Consul won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950: it combines all the elements that make an opera great. Timothy Redmond did a magnificent work bringing the atmospheric oppression contained in the score and the few relaxing moments.

Stephen Medcalf and Simon Corder production was very high class. A spinning stage flipping from Sorel’s home to the consulate office while keeping all the singers on stage in a sort of waiting room was a very clever idea. Sets and costumes were also wonderful.

All the cast, from the secretary to Madga was superb. It’s amazing the quality that final years students can achieve with hard work. Bravi to all of them!