Nancy Hermiston, the director of the UBC Opera ensemble, was interviewed on CBC’s Early Edition about the production playing at UBC’s Old Auditorium called The Consul.
The Consul is set in a European country under totalitarian rule and Hermiston noted the parallel between the opera and the current international political climate.
“It was a reaction to the Second World War… the indifference of the world’s nations to take the Jewish refugees from the Holocaust and refugees in general,” she said. “The alarming thing is when you see this opera, when you look at the situation, we wonder if we’ve learned anything.”
The segment starts at 2:18:40.