Chamber Opera Chicago is thrilled to announce its 10th annual holiday performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Harold Washington Library Center (400 S State St) in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium on December 19th and 20th, 2015.
This treasured Chicago holiday tradition is perfect for all ages! The 10th anniversary performances will feature dancers from Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre including Monica Saucedo, Crystal Ruiz, Jose Torres, and Juan Castellon.
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 inside. After much persuasion, he enters the house but his mother does not believe him when he tells her there is an amazing star in the night sky.
Later that night, Amahl’s mother weeps, praying that Amahl will not become a beggar. After bedtime, there is a knock at the door and the mother tells Amahl to go see who it is. He is amazed when he sees three splendidly dressed kings. 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. A story of epic proportions ensues along with glorious voice and music.
- Mother: Barbara Landis
- Amahl: K. L. Burkhardt
- Kaspar: Christopher Lorimer
- Melchior: Aaron Stegemöller
- Balthazar: Patrick Blackwell
- Page: Robert Brady
- Sung in English with orchestra
- Original direction by Francis Menotti, son of Gian Carlo, based on his father’s original 1951 staging.
- Assisted by Kyle Dougan
- Conductor – Victoria Bond
- Choreographer – Dame Libby Komaiko
Chamber Opera Chicago’s Amahl and the Night Visitors tickets ranging from $10 to $25, for 3:00 PM matinees on December 19th and 20th can be purchased at: www.chamberoperachicago.org/tickets.html
For more information on the venue, performance or Chamber Opera Chicago, go to: www.chamberoperachicago.org or call 312-951-7944.
About Chamber Opera Chicago:
Originating over 30 years ago, Chamber Opera Chicago is now in its tenth year under the direction of General/Artistic Director Barbara Landis and has re-energized its original mission of making opera accessible to the widest possible audience.
CHAMBER OPERA CHICAGO is a professional not-for-profit opera company devoted to making great opera affordable, presenting operas in English in intimate settings and providing performance opportunities for Chicago-area singers. The Chamber Opera Chicago Orchestra is distinguished by first-rate conductors and orchestral players and has been highly praised by both critics and audience members alike. With award-winning designers and acclaimed directors from around the world, audiences can expect high quality, innovative productions that bring opera to life.
This post was sponsored by Chamber Opera Chicago, and we’re happy to sing their praises.