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.

Cast, Creative and Production Team

AllCastCreative
Conductor

John Baril

Director

Iliana Lucero Barron

Mother

Jennifer DeDominici

King Kaspar

Javier Abreu

King Balthazar

Paul Griggsby

King Melchior

Jonathan Hays

Page

Jerome Síbulo

Amahl

Brian Erickson

Amahl

Kason Nicholas

Associate Conductor

Steven Aguiló-Arbues

Production Coordinator

Margaret Ozaki Graves

Conductor

John Baril

Central City Opera Music Director

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Die Fledermaus, 2022; Two Remain (Co-Conductor), 2022; Rigoletto, 2021; Billy Budd, 2019; Encore: A Musical Revue, 2019 and 2018; Il trovatore, 2018

Recently: Rigoletto, Shreveport Opera; Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Les pêcheurs de perles, Toledo Opera

Conductor:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Director

Iliana Lucero Barron

Iliana Lucero Barron (She/Ella/Hers) is a bilingual Latinx teaching artist, creative, and advocate based in Denver, Colorado. Graduating from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2016, Iliana became a first generation college graduate. Since then, she has worked in multiple capacities throughout the Colorado theatre community with organizations including The Denver Center for Performing Arts, Mirror Image Arts, Colorado Theatre Guild, Casa Milagro Youth Solutions, and more. Recently, she directed IDEA Stages and Control Group Productions’ Sojourners Project: Busing! and performed in the Denver Center’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Education Tour.

Director:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Mother

Jennifer DeDominici

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Franca Naccarelli, The Light in the Piazza, 2022; Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel, 2021; Soloist, CCO Al Fresco, 2020; Encore: A Musical Revue, 2019 and 2018

Recently: Soloist, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra; Mother, Ragtime, Piedmont Opera; Francesca, (Henry Award, Outstanding Actress), The Bridges of Madison County, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Mother:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

King Kaspar

Javier Abreu

King Kaspar:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Voice Type:Tenor

King Balthazar

Paul Griggsby

King Balthazar:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Voice Type:Bass

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

Page

Jerome Síbulo

Page:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Voice Type:Baritone

Amahl

Brian Erickson

Appearing courtesy of the Colorado Children’s Chorale

Amahl:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Amahl

Kason Nicholas

Appearing courtesy of the Colorado Children’s Chorale

Amahl:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Associate Conductor

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.

Associate Conductor:Amahl and the Night Visitors (2022)

Production Coordinator

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.

Performance Dates & Locations

Denver

Trinity United Methodist Church

Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Colorado Springs

Armstrong Hall

Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Boulder

First United Methodist Church

Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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

December 11 - 18, 2022

Composer & Librettist

Gian Carlo Menotti

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.