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.

Denver

Central Presbyterian Church, Denver

Saturday, December 23 at 11AM & 1PM
Sunday, December 24 at 11AM & 1PM

Cast, Creative and Production Team

AllCastCreative
Amahl

Brian Erickson

Amahl (12/24 11:00 am)

Samuel Kraus

Ruth

Jennifer DeDominici

King Kaspar

Eric Botto

King Melchior

Jonathan Hays

Errol-Wesley Shaw

Page

Mason O’Brien

Shepherds

Shepherds

Colorado Children’s Chorale

Conductor

Brandon Eldredge

Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master

Steven Aguiló-Arbues

Stage Director

Daniela Guzmán

Production Manager

Margaret Ozaki Graves

Costume Designer

Mia Chase

Amahl

Brian Erickson

Appearing courtesy of the Colorado Children’s Chorale

Brian Erickson is a member of the Colorado Children’s Chorale National Tour Choir. He is a eighth grader at Thunder Ridge Middle school and has appeared in several productions, including Amahl and the Night Visitors with Central City Opera, and with a Chorale ensemble in Carmen with Opera Colorado. In his free time Brian loves to be outdoors, in the mountains, swimming and playing with his dog, Daisy.

Amahl:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2023)

Amahl (12/24 11:00 am)

Samuel Kraus

Appearing courtesy of the Colorado Children’s Chorale

Sam Kraus is a member of the Colorado Children’s Chorale National Tour Choir. He is a seventh grader at West Middle school and has appeared with a Chorale ensemble in Carmen with Opera Colorado. In his free time, Sam loves to read mysteries and non-fiction, ride his bike, and play video games with friends.

Amahl:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2023)

Ruth

Jennifer DeDominici

Previously with CCO: Mother, Amahl and the Night Visitors (2023, 2022); Franca Naccarelli, The Light in the Piazza (2022); Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel (2021); Encore (2019); Encore (2018)

Recently: Mrs. Anderssen, A Little Night Music, Denver Center Theatre Company (2023);
Mother, Ragtime, Piedmont Opera (2022); Madame, Cinderella, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (HENRY nominee) (2021)

Ruth:The Pirates of Penzance

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

King Kaspar

Eric Botto

Amahl:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2023)

Voice Type:Tenor

King Melchior

Jonathan Hays

Central City Opera: (partial listing) Signor Naccarelli, The Light in the Piazza, 2022; Donald, Billy Budd, 2019; Reverend Gruffydd, How Green Was My Valley, 2014; Taddeo, L’italiana in Algeri, 2003; Papageno, Die Zauberflöte, 2002

Recently: Talbot, Maria Stuarda, Piedmont Opera; Voltaire, Candide, Syracuse Opera; Relics of Memory (recording), Albany Records

King Melchior:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Voice Type:Baritone

Errol-Wesley Shaw

Role:King Balthazar (Amahl and the Night Visitors 2023)

Voice Type:Bass-Baritone

Page

Mason O’Brien

Role:Page

Voice Type:Bass-Baritone

Shepherds

Shepherds

María José Fabara, Lauren Lestage, Jill Skinner, Joshua Zabatta, Alejandro Izurieta, Allen Adair, Oliver Poveda 

Colorado Children’s Chorale

Celebrating their 50th Anniversary Season, the Chorale annually trains more than 300 members between the ages of 7 and 14 from all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds representing more than 170 schools in the Denver metro area and beyond. Since its founding, the Chorale has sung countless performances with some of the world’s finest performing arts organizations, performed for numerous dignitaries, and appeared in several television and radio broadcasts. The Performance Program includes a series of self-produced concerts, numerous performances with other Colorado arts organizations and touring around the world. The Chorale’s 2023-24 season also includes A Colorado Christmas and Mahler 3 with the Colorado Symphony and Street Scene with Central City Opera, La bohѐme with Bravo! Vail, and Hansel and Gretel with Aspen Music Festival.

The Colorado Children’s Chorale has been performing with Central City Opera since the 1974 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Since then Chorale children have appeared in more than 36 productions including: The Magic Flute, Carmen, La bohѐme, Sound of Music, Dead Man Walking, Billy Budd and many others.

Role:Chorus

Conductor

Brandon Eldredge

Previously with CCO: Conductor, Amahl & The Night Visitors (2023); Associate Conductor & Chorus Master, Otello (2023); Kiss Me, Kate (2023); The Light in the Piazza (2022); Rigoletto (2021); Conductor, Dido and Aeneas (2021); Co-Conductor, Roméo et Juliette (2023); Two Remain (2022); Die Fledermaus (2022)

Recently: Conductor, The Barber of Seville, Virginia Opera (2023); Associate Conductor & Chorus Master, Sanctuary Road; Siegfried; La Traviata, Fellow Travelers, Virginia Opera (2023)

Conductor:The Pirates of Penzance

Conductor/Chorus Master:The Girl of the Golden West

Conductor:Romeo and Juliet (2023)

Music Director:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2023)

Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master

Steven Aguiló-Arbues

Argentinian-American Steven Aguiló-Arbues (he/el/his) enjoys his various roles as a conductor, vocal coach, pianist, and producer. He has served on the music staffs of Sarasota Opera, Opera Colorado, The Atlanta Opera, San Diego Opera, Central City Opera, Boulder Opera Company, Crested Butte Music Festival, Festival Amadeus, Miami Music Festival and Centro Studi Lirica in Italy. Steven has also worked at academic institutions including Manhattan School of Music, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his Professional Studies Certificate and Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Stage Director

Daniela Guzmán

Originally from Ecuador, Daniela Guzmán (she/ella/hers) made her professional operatic debut in Ecuador’s Teatro Nacional Sucre in 2010 as Gianetta in The Elixir of Love. She has since performed leading roles in The Marriage of Figaro, Cosí fan tutte, Carmen, Suor Angelica and, most recently, in Viardot’s Cinderella. Daniela advocates for the greater visibility of Latin American and Spanish music, incorporating zarzuela and Latin American art song into her performances. She has an Artist Diploma from the University of Denver, a Master of Music from Texas Christian University and Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver.

Role(s):Stage Director

Production Manager

Margaret Ozaki Graves

An advocate for opera education, Margaret Ozaki Graves (she/her/hers) works as an arts administrator, teaching artist and performer. Following work as cultural consultant to Central City Opera’s 2019 production of Madama Butterfly and six seasons as a Touring Artist, Meg began as Education Coordinator. Performance highlights include Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Arizona Opera, Cincinnati Opera, in Germany, and across Colorado. She’s taught at UW-Milwaukee, Ithaca College, CCM Prep. Meg holds a Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University along with music degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA-Voice Performance Studies/Opera and Japanese Aesthetics & Music, MM) and Lawrence University (BM). Raised in Golden, Colorado, Meg grew up performing Japanese taiko drums with her family’s troupe.

Costume Designer

Mia Chase

Mia Chase, an up and coming costume designer, currently attends Denver School of the Arts where she has participated in numerous shows such as Kinky Boots, The Little Mermaid, Black Parade, and more. She is very appreciative for this opportunity to work on this show as it is her first opera. 

Group sales available!

If you are a group of 10 or more, please contact our Box Office for information about group offerings.

 

Questions? Contact the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700 or boxoffice@centralcityopera.org

 

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2023 Dates: Dec 23-24

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.