Amahl and the Night Visitors
Christmas opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors" presented in downtown Boulder
The Pine Street Church music program presents Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one act opera by Gian-Carlo Menotti, Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 6 p.m. Performances will take place at the Pine Street Church in downtown Boulder (1237 Pine St., NW corner of Pine and 13th). Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, with discounts for groups of 5 or more.
The first opera written for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors is a heartwarming holiday tale for audiences of all ages. Young Amahl is a crippled boy who lives with his mother in poverty. When three kings arrive at their home bearing gifts for a Christ child, young Amahl and his mother welcome the unexpected guests as they experience the magic of the first Christmas with wonder and gratitude.
In 1951, NBC commissioned composer Gian-Carlo Menotti to write a Christmas opera, the plot of which was inspired in part by the composer's Italian heritage: "This is an opera for children because it tries to recapture my own childhood. You see, when I was a child I lived in Italy, and in Italy we have no Santa Claus. I suppose that Santa Claus is much too busy with American children to be able to handle Italian children as well. Our gifts were brought to us by the Three Kings, instead."
The cast includes Christian Simon (Amahl); Catherine Compton (Mother); David L'Hommedieu (Melchior); and Fred Peterbark (Kaspar). Conductor Alejandro Gomez-Guillen will lead the orchestra. The production is supported in part by the Off Broadway School of Fine Arts, a school for group and private music instruction sponsored by the Pine Street Church.
Pine Street Church (View)
1237 Pine St
Boulder, CO 80302
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|