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By Gian Carlo Menotti

The story follows a political dissident on the run from the secret police, based on the stories Menotti heard, news reports and personal encounters with refugees fleeing Europe after World War II. 


Magda Sorell


Stephen Medcalf


Timothy Redmond


Gian Carlo Menitti


Guildhall School of Music & Drama

“Guildhall cast put absolutely everything into bringing their cardboard characters to life.
As Magda, Michelle Alexander got the best chances, and made the most of the opera’s big set-piece aria”

Andrew Clements

The Guardian

Closing curtain...

Michelle reflects on the production >

It was wonderful to play Magda Sorell - the role that inspired me to pursue a profession in opera. Working on the show with Stephen Metcalf and Timothy Redmond was a labour of love that helped me grow as an artist. A highlight in my preparation was receiving coaching from the incredible Susan Bullock, who worked with Menotti when she performed Magda. Hearing her stories about Menotti and her experiences while performing the role changed the way that I view my work.

“Michelle Alexander realised the role's dramatic intensity, pathos and proud defiance, never more so than in the literally show-stopping “To this we've come”, standing for all oppressed women”

John Johnston

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