Amahl and the Night Visitors

Amahl and the Night Visitors

The story of a magic star, a shepherd boy, and how unselfish love and good deeds 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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Performance Dates and Locations:

Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
Armstrong Hall at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church in Boulder, CO

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church in Boulder, CO

Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver, CO

Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver, CO

Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver, CO

 

Performance Locations

Denver

Boulder

Colorado Springs

Composer & Librettist

Gian Carlo Menotti

Run Time

TBD

 

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