(Menotti: The Consul). Sop. Wife of John Sorel and mother of their baby. When her husband flees the country to escape arrest by the secret police, Magda tries to obtain a visa to join him. Her attempts to see the Consul are frustrated by the bureaucratic Secretary. The baby dies and John returns to be with his wife. Magda, hoping to forestall the police, kills herself so her husband will have no reason to stay. But it is too late—he has been arrested. Created (1950) by Patricia Newey.