Viewpoints are events programmed around each opera production designed to enrich, entertain, and educate. Most often in collaboration with other cultural organizations in Chicago, each Viewpoint is intended to stimulate conversation, enhance contextual and conceptual understanding, and further engage the curiosity of our audience.

Our events for The Consul have both passed!

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October 2017: Beyond the Consul


Beyond the Consul: A Panel and Performance at the Newberry Library

Join us for a performance and panel on the history and future of immigration and refugees in Chicago. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the true stories that intersect with Menotti’s inspirations and story.

Light refreshments and a performance by musicians from the Refugee Orchestra Project will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the personal stories of Consul director Andreas Mitisek and Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya.

Date: Wednesday, October 25th
Time: 5:30 Reception, 6:00 – 7:30 Panel and Performance
Price: Free
Location: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St.

October 2017: The Trial by Orson Welles


The Trial
“The Trial” by Orson Welles at the Gene Siskel Film Center
Called a masterpiece by Roger Ebert and hailed by Welles himself as the best film he ever made, The Trial tells the story of Josef, a man on trial for a mysterious (and never specified) crime. The rare film print that inspired the tone and design for The Consul is presented at the premier film center in Chicago.
Date: Sunday, October 22nd
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.