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In Act 2 of Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Consul,” Mother (Lucille Beer) prepares to follow her grandson across the ultimate frontier:
Now let me fold my things and lock my doors.
I leave behind me nothing but sorrow.
But I believe that God receives with kindness
the empty-handed traveller.
Carlo Montanaro conducts the orchestra of Seattle Opera. Elise Bakketun, photo