Amahl and the Night Visitors
NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the Friday evening performance has been cancelled. Please join us at our Saturday showing.
Amahl and the Night Visitors was written by one of America’s best–known opera composers of the 20th century, Gian-Carlo Menotti. It was commissioned for TV by NBC and first performed on December 24, 1951. It was the first opera to be written specifically for TV. It has become a favorite of the Christmas/Epiphany celebration and is performed all over the world every year.
The story is that of the three Wise Men traveling to Bethlehem and the events of an overnight stay with a poor woman and her handicapped son, Amahl, who can only walk with a crutch. It is a story meant for children and adults as well, the story of giving. The opera is one-act with the original libretto in English by the composer. The free show begins at 7:30 p.m. in MBU’s Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center, and is about 45 minutes long.
This production will feature the faculty and staff of Missouri Baptist University.
The Mother is sung by MBU music faculty member Mezzo-Soprano Cecelia Stearman
King Kaspar is sung by MBU music faculty member Eric Dalby
King Melchior is sung by MBU music faculty member Michael Sust
King Balthazar is played by guest artist, bass Dan Mayo
The Page is sung by MBU music faculty member Jonathan Blackmon
Amahl is sung by Sarah Righi, student of Cecelia Stearman
Piano, Cathy Benton, MBU piano faculty
Musical/Orchestral Director, Michael Dunsmoor
Assistant Director, Sarah Lancaster, MBU music faculty
Producer, Pat Lacey, MBU music faculty member
Members of the Shepherds Chorus are made up of the following faculty and staff: Chuck Ackerson, Beth Bagley, Greg Comfort, Karen Faszold, Ladd Faszold, Ray Killebrew, Rebecca Klussman, Alton Lacey, Brenna Lacey, Virginia Settle, Scott Stearman, Ken Revenaugh, and Kathleen Wendt.
Production Assistant is Sarah Dickey, Fine Arts Executive Assistant
Sound by Ian Harrier
Lighting design by Corey Fraine.
Set provided by The Messiah Project. Costume Mistress is Katherine Cuba, with costumes courtesy of Ellisville Baptist Church and Union Avenue Opera. Performance by arrangement with G. Schirmer, INC., publisher and copyright owner.