from Act I, Scene 1 of the English opera The Consul
by Gian-Carlo Menotti
Libretto: Gian-Carlo Menotti
Role: The Mother
, mother of John Sorel
Voice Part: contralto Fach: contralto
Setting: Home of John Sorel, a totalitarian European country after World War II
Synopsis: John Sorel has been shot after attending a secret revolutionary meeting. He comes back to his house and meets his wife Magda and his mother who is tending her grandchild. The secret police are after him and he leaves the house to go into hiding. The Mother sings a lament as she rocks the child, asking if they will ever see the end of the oppression and tyranny evident in the world.