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  • Performer: Beverly O'Regan Thiele, John Cheek, Joyce Castle, Michael Chioldi/Nathalie Morais, James Demler/David Cangelosi, et al.
  • Orchestra: Camerata New York
  • Conductor: Joel Revzen
  • Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti
  • Audio CD (April 9, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Newport Classic
  • ASIN: B00004TKQF
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Act One - Scene One "Tu reviendras"
2. Act One - Mother: "Shall we ever"
3. Act One - Magda: "Don't Move Yet"
4. Act One - Trio: "Now, O Lips"
5. Act One - Interlude
6. Act One - Scene Two "Next!"
7. Act One - Secretary:"Next!"
8. Act One - Magician: 'I Beg Your Pardon"
9. Act Two - Mother:"Oh, don't"
10. Act Two - Magda: 'John, John,"
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Act Two - Asan: "Well, now"
2. Act Two - Mother: "I'm not crying"
3. Act Two - Scene Two. "What did you say?"
4. Act Two - Magician: "My charming"
5. Act Two - Magician: "You're not"
6. Act Two - Magda: "Any news?"
7. Act Two - Magda: "To this we've come"
8. Act Two - Magda: "Papers, papers!"
9. Act Two - Secretary: "You're being"
10. Act Three - Scene One "How often must I tell you"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Good Stuff on April 11, 2005
This is an outstanding recording in absolutely every respect. It has the excitement of a live recording, although it was done in the studio. Certainly, this is because it was recorded in conjunction with a series of live performances by the same company and artists. Also, it is because the artists cast here are uniformly superb. It is impossible to imagine anyone other than the remarkable Beverly O'Regan Thiele in the role of Magda Sorel after hearing her searing performance here. Likewise, the overwhelming presence of Joyce Castle as the Mother is simply a force of nature. Also, there is some luxury casting here, especially in the choice of veteran Metropolitan Opera Bass-Baritone John Cheek in the role of the Police Agent. Also not to be slighted is the emerging young American baritone Michael Chioldi's appearance as John Sorel. The conducting is dynamic and exciting.

I can't say this for sure, but it seems to me this recording using the same orchestration, as written for the Broadway premiere production, rather than any later revisions or enlargements of the orchestra for the opera house. At any rate, it sounds lean and angular, exactly as Menotti obviously intended.

So, this recording is a knockout and immediately becomes the preferred version of Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece.

Thank God someone finally got around to doing this score justice.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2001
For years and years there was only one mouldering LP recording of the great Menotti work available, and although it features the "original" Broadway cast with Pat Neway and Marie Powers, the recording was compromised by many little cuts (perhaps to accomodate LP timings?) and, of course, poor fidelity.
Now, suddenly there are two, one from the Spoleto Festival with an English conductor and this excellent offering from Newport Classic with an all-American cast performing at white heat, with the gifted Joel Revzen conducting.
Mezzo Joyce Castle has graced many a contemporary American opera production in and out of New York over the years and she delivers the goods here as the weary Grandmother, as does Beverly Lee Reagan as Magda Sorel. Kudos to the uniformly excellent supporting cast and Revzen's insightful direction and Newport's good, clean sound. This is terrific stuff. The now-aged composer (is he 90?) must be delighted to have this attention finally accorded him. Menotti's an American treasure.
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By Anita Stotser on February 14, 2014
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This is a great first recording of The Consul. It is even more special since surprisingly I found I personally know one of the principle voices. Even though this is a sad story, Menotti and his cast have done a superb job.
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