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Opera details:

Opera title:

The Consul

Composer:

Gian Menotti

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Consul Synopsis

Libretto:

The Consul Libretto

Translation(s):

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Magda Sorel

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2.02

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Virginia Zeani - 'Papers, papers' - The Consul - Menotti

Singer: Virginia Zeani

Virginia Zeani enjoyed one of the greatest triumphs of her career when she was cast against type in Menotti's opera 'The Consul' . She played Magda Sorel, a down trodden political refugee in a totalitarian country, desperately trying to get the right papers.

More usually associated with fatefully beautiful heroines such as Violetta and Manon, Zeani, in flat shoes and a drab mackintosh, stunned audiences with her riveting portrayal of a despairing woman driven to suicide.

The recording is from a live performance in Spoleto in 1972, sung in Italian

You may be interested in seeing a later version I posted with many dramatic photographs from the stage production where this was recorded. Click here to see it: Mme Zeani describes it, partly because of emotional memories of her own early life living under a communist regime, as one of the most demanding roles she ever sang.

Watch videos with other singers performing Papers, papers..:

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Full libretto The Consul

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