from Act II, 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: As her grandchild lies sick in the cradle, the Mother sings a melancholy lullaby, singing that the baby should sleep for her because sleep for the old is too close to death.