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menotti / amahl and the night visitors

Menotti / Amahl and the Night Visitors
Presenting Premier Sponsor is American Equity

Opera in One Act
Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
First performance: NBC Television Opera Theatre in New York City, Broadcast on December 24, 1951
Performed in English

While giving shelter to the three Wise Men on their journey to find the newborn Child, a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, discover the healing power of love. Amahl and the Night Visitors has become a holiday classic for the whole family. Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre will provide the historic backdrop for this beautiful production. In many places around the world, Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors rings in the Holiday Season. Originally composed for television in 1951, the opera is a delightful and touching story of a poor woman and her child who play hosts to three mysterious strangers bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh.

This production is presented in memory of Wendy Waugaman, who was a remarkable president of the Des Moines Metro Opera Board of Directors and a passionate entrepreneur in bringing new audiences to this dynamic art form. American Equity is the Premier Presenting Sponsor and Wendy’s many friends and colleagues are working together with Des Moines Metro Opera to bring this production to the stage in her honor. Support for Amahl and the Night Visitors has generously been provided by the many colleagues and friends of Wendy Waugaman. Presenting Premier Sponsor is American Equity Investment Life Insurance and Presenting Sponsor is Sammons Financial Group. Additional support provided by Major Sponsors Lou Waugaman and Marla Lacey/Steve Znerold and Supporting Sponsors Athene USA, Brokers International Ltd, David E. Franasiak, Knapp Properties, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Bankers Trust/Ruan Transportation.

7:30 EVENING December 6 | December 7
2:00 MATINEE December 7

CAST:
Amahl, a crippled boy Pierce Mansfield
His Mother Julie Makerov
King Kaspar Edwin Griffith
King Melchior Todd Thomas
King Balthazar Patrick Blackwell
The Page Craig Irvin

Chorus of Shepherds and Villagers

PRODUCTION:
Conductor David Neely
Stage Director Robert L. Larsen
Musical Preparation Kyle Naig
Set Designer Steven J. McLean
Costume Supervisor Virginia McKeever
Lighting Designer James R. Trenberth
Make-Up/Hair Designer Joanne Weaver
Costumes Malabar, LTD.
Choreographer Albert Adams

Cast, production and opera are subject to change without notice.

Enjoy this excerpt from the original NBC Broadcast of Amahl and the Night Visitors: