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Amahl and the Night Visitors
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Amahl and the Night Visitors

GIAN CARLO MENOTTI (1911-2007)
Opera in one act, sung in French
Libretto by the composer
Season 2017-18
Duration: 00h55
No intermission
7

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Gian Carlo Menotti composed the first opera commissioned by broadcast television on Christmas Eve in 1951.

Since then, it’s been the most performed opera in the United States and a classic Christmas celebration around the world.

Amahl, a crippled young shepherd, tells his mother that he saw a very bright star in his dream. Tired of the boy’s imagination, the mother gets angry. Suddenly, someone knocks on the door of their miserable hut. Amahl brings in three kings. They explain how to follow a star from the sky to guide them to a newborn king. To celebrate the birth of the new king, Gaspard, Melchior and Balthazar took treasures that the mother wanted to take. After lecturing him, because they had surprised his attempted robbery, the three kings abandoned their precious gifts to the mother. She refuses, ashamed, understanding that love rather than gold will make the kingdom of the One who has just been born grow. Amahl sacrifices the only good he has for the newborn: his crutches. He is then healed, “as if by miracle”, and goes to accompany the three kings.

Opera in one act, sung in French
Libretto by the composer
Created in the NBC Studios in New York, 24 December 1951
Éditions G. Schirmer, represented by Sikorski Musikverlag, Hamburg

Amahl
Marie Mury
Amahl
Nicolas Sanchez-Vignaux
The Mother
Marina Viotti
Gaspard
Aurélien Reymond-Moret
Melchior
Joël Terrin
Balthazar
Joé Bertili
The Page
Cosimo Sabatella
Dancer
Jayson Maridor
Orchestre de l'HEMU
Maîtrise Opéra du Conservatoire de Lausanne
Conductor
Hervé Klopfenstein
Director
Gérard Demierre
Scenography & Costume Design
Sébastien Guenot
Lighting Design
Denis Foucart
Choreography
Cosimo Sabatella

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