Amahl and the Night Visitors

A holiday event for audiences of all ages. Performed with a full orchestra.
The story of a magic star, a shepherd boy, and how unselfish love can work miracles.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a family-friendly opera and has been enduringly popular since its premier in 1951. Commissioned by NBC as the first opera written for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors debuted on December 24, 1951 becoming the first network television Christmas special to become an annual tradition. 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 gifts were brought at Christmas 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.

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2024 Dates: Dec 21-22

Composer & Librettist

Gian Carlo Menotti

Run Time: Approximately 1 hour with no intermission

Presented in memory of Prudy Dix Hilger

Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti is presented under license from G. Schirmer Inc. and Associated Music Publishers, copyright owners.