Gian Carlo Menotti’s mid-century masterpiece explores the tragedy of modern lives thwarted by bureaucracy. Magda’s husband must flee their Eastern European country, but she is delayed in joining him by difficulty in obtaining the necessary visa. To get the feeling of this 1950 work, which ran for many months on Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize for Music, there’s something you need to know about the title character, the consul. Not only is he not in the opera; nobody is really sure that he even exists. With Ensemble Theatre Company artistic director Jonathan Fox in charge of the staging, Alexandra LoBianco as Magda Sorel, and hometown favorite Nina Yoshida Nelsen also in the small cast, The Consul is sure to be a memorable production full of gorgeous melodies and thrilling suspense. At the Granada Theatre, Friday and Sunday, April 25 and 27. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.
Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, presented by CAMA. At the Granada Theatre, Friday, March 21.
Stephen Hough, presented by CAMA. At the Lobero Theatre, Tuesday, April 8.
The Assad Family, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. At Campbell Hall, Wednesday, April 9.
Camerata Pacifica. At the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, Friday, April 11 and May 9.
Montage. At UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, Friday, April 11.
Santa Barbara Symphony. At the Granada Theatre, Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13 and May 17-18.
Jennifer Koh, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. At the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, Wednesday,vApril 23.
Philip Glass Ensemble, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. At the Granada Theatre, Wednesday, April 30.
Los Angeles Philharmonic, presented by CAMA. At the Granada Theatre, Sunday, May 4.
Richard Goode, presented by CAMA. At the Lobero Theatre, Wednesday, May 14.
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. At the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, Tuesday, May 20.