GIANCARLO MENOTTI - The Consul - Bongiovanni Musica
GIANCARLO MENOTTI - The Consul - Bongiovanni Musica

GIANCARLO MENOTTI - The Consul

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MENOTTI - THE CONSUL

John Sorel - Eberhard Wächter
Magda Sorel - Melitta Muszely
Mother - Res Fischer
Police Agent - Willy Ferenz
Vera Boronel - Hilde Konetzni
Magician - László Szemére
Secretary - Gloria Lane

Orchestra of The Wiener Volksoper
Franz Bauer-Theussl 

"Directed by Rudolph Cartier, it's shot in relentless close-ups that give neither the performers nor the viewers anywhere to hide. Melitta Muszely charts Magda's progress from desperation to hope to suicidal despair with uncompromising veracity. There are equally impressive performances from Eberhard Waechter as her husband and Gloria Lane as the consular secretary." (The Guardian)

"Gian Carlo Menotti was one of the most important 20th-century composers of opera working in the United States. For his opera The Consul he won the Pulitzer Prize for Music and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. This unique studio recording from the early years of television is performed by an extraordinary cast featuring Melitta Muszely, Eberhard Waechter, Res Fischer and Hilde Konetzni. The plot of the politically charged drama takes place in Europe of the 1950s. The Orchestra of the Wiener Volksoper is conducted by Franz Bauer-Theussl. An important document of operatic and film history, this restored recording is available on DVD for the first time." (Art Haus)