The Consul is an opera set in an unspecified European country in 1950. I enjoyed creating a Communist apartment from the 50s so much that I am going to give you three views of it. This is my depiction of Act 1, Scene 1, where John is hiding from the police as his wife and mother try to cover for him.
The Orchestra view:
The view for those in the balcony:
And the view for the people watching the HD broadcast: