Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of a magic star, a shepherd boy, and how unselfish love can work miracles. Join us in Denver, Colorado Springs or Boulder to experience the magic of this family-friendly opera performed with a full orchestra. 

Central City Opera presents the family-friendly opera Amahl and the Night Visitors in a limited-run series across the Front Range this December. Commissioned by NBC as the first opera written for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors debuted on December 24, 1951, and became an annual tradition until 1966. Composer Gian Carlo Menotti drew inspiration for the opera from Hieronymus Bosch’s The Adoration of the Magi, which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from his childhood in Italy where Christmas gifts were brought by the Three Kings instead of Santa Claus.

Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of Amahl, a shepherd boy who has a propensity to tell tall tales, and his mother. Amahl’s most recent story is about a star with a tail that moves across the sky like a chariot on fire. When three splendid strangers knock on the door and ask to rest in their tiny home, Amahl is thrilled and fascinated. When the visitors describe the miraculous child they are seeking, both Amahl and his mother are moved to give reverence to the child as well. Their humble faith conjures a miracle.

Central City Opera’s production features dynamic local singers, including tenor Javier Abreu as King Kaspar, mezzo-soprano Jennifer DeDominici as the Mother, bass-baritone Paul Griggsby as King Balthazar, baritone Jonathan Hays and King Melchior, baritone Jerome Síbulo as the Page, and Brian Erickson and Kason Nicholas (appearing courtesy of the Colorado Children’s Chorale) will share the role of Amahl. Members of the Central City Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Central City Opera Music Director John Baril and Iliana Lucero Barron will direct the production.

Tickets are $12 for kids and $42 for adults.

Performance Information:Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.Armstrong Hall – Colorado Springs Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.First United Methodist Church – Boulder Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m.Trinity United Methodist Church – Denver