2020–2021 Digital Season | Amahl and the Night Visitors
Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti
Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti

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SYNOPSIS

Place: Near Bethlehem.
Time: The first century, just after the birth of Christ

Amahl, a disabled boy who can walk only with a crutch, has a problem with telling tall tales. He is sitting outside playing his shepherd's pipe when his mother calls for him ("Amahl! Amahl!"). After much persuasion, he enters the house but his mother does not believe him when he tells her there is an amazing star "as big as a window" outside over their roof ("O Mother You Should Go Out and See"; "Stop Bothering Me!").

Later that night, Amahl's mother weeps, praying that Amahl not become a beggar ("Don't Cry Mother Dear"). After bedtime ("From Far Away We Come"), there is a knock at the door and the mother tells Amahl to go see who it is ("Amahl ... Yes Mother!"). He is amazed when he sees three splendidly dressed kings (the Magi). At first the mother does not believe Amahl, but when she goes to the door to see for herself, she is stunned. The Three Kings tell the mother and Amahl they are on a long journey to give gifts to a wondrous Child and they would like to rest at their house, to which the mother agrees ("Good Evening!"; "Come In!"), saying that all she can offer is "a cold fireplace and a bed of straw". The mother goes to fetch firewood, and Amahl seizes the opportunity to speak with the kings.

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Nathan Keoughan

CAST & CREATIVE

Director: Sarah Pelzer

Boy Soprano: Andreas Dala

Music Director: Leslie Dala

With members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Sarah Jane Pelzer
Sarah Jane Pelzer
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Les Dala
Les Dala