by Gian Carlo Menotti
Stage Director – Bethanie Baeyen
Daniel Ostrom as Amahl
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 2:00 and 5:00 First Presbyterian Church, 2020 5th Street, Livermore
LVO is pleased to produce the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors for the Christmas season in collaboration with the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore. This interactive family-centered, one-act opera will help introduce the beauty of opera to the next generation. Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors premiered on Dec. 24, 1951 for a televised version commissioned by NBC Opera Theater and aired many times as a yearly Christmas tradition. Livermore Valley Opera hopes to make Amahl a tradition in the Tri-Valley.
Amahl, a poor boy who lives with his widowed mother, is visited one evening by three kings, who are following the Star of the East and stop for shelter at their home. Inspired by the tale of a kingdom “built on love alone,” Amahl offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child. The story ends with a miracle sure to warm the hearts of all!
The opera will be preceded by an interactive caroling program with the opera singers teaching the audience a simple harmony. The whole group will then perform the carol accompanied by the very grand pipe organ.