Orchestra Miami invites you to get into the holiday spirit, as we present three performances of the timeless holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors (Amahl y los reyes magos) by Gian Carlo Menotti. This beautiful opera combines gorgeous vocal lines and lush symphonic accompaniment with a simple, touching story which reminds us about the true meaning of Christmas. The story focuses on a young crippled boy, Amahl, and his mother, who welcome some very unexpected visitors into their home- the Three Kings- who are on their way to bring gifts to the Child. Perfect for the whole family, the performance lasts approximately one hour.
The production stars 13 year old Alexander Segarra as Amahl, Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste and Marinel Cruz as the Mother, Justin John Moniz, Kunya Rowley and Miguel Llerena as Kaspar, Graham Fandrei and Nelson Martinez as Melchior, Kevin Short and Gibson Dorcé as Balthazar and Ardean Landhuis as the Page. Performances will be on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 8:00 PM at the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, located at 609 NE 96 Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138, and on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM (in English with Spanish supertitles) and 4:00 PM (in Spanish with English supertitles) at Teatro Trail, located at 3715 SW 8th Street, Coral Gables, FL 33134. The performances are conducted by Orchestra Miami’s Artistic Director
Elaine Rinaldi, directed by Michael Yawney, choreographed by Octavio Campos and costume design by Angela Esposito.
“I’m so happy to be able to start what we hope will be Miami’s newest holiday tradition” says Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi. “This piece is such a jewel, and it is a real pleasure to be able to give an opportunity to many of our incredibly talented local artists.”
Tickets for the Dec. 22nd performance are priced from $20-$30, with half-priced tickets available for children under the age of 18. Tickets for this performance are available through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
Tickets for the January 6, 2013 performance are priced from $25-$40 and are available at www.teatrotrail.com or by calling (305) 443-1009.
For more information and about these performances and about Orchestra Miami, please call (305) 274-2103 or visit www.orchestramiami.org.
About Amahl and the Night Visitors
Commissioned by NBC, Amahl and the Night Visitors is one of the most beloved and widely performed operas in the world. Composed by Gian Carlo Menotti, this one-act opera was the first opera composed specifically for television in America, and was broadcast live annually from Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center beginning in 1951. The opera takes place near Bethlehem in the First Century, just after the birth of Christ. The story centers around Amahl, a crippled boy, and his Mother, who welcome the Three Kings into their poor home. Seeing the wealth that the Kings are carrying as gifts for the Child, the Mother attempts to steal some gold to help her son, but is caught by the King’s Page. Seeing the reason for which she has attempted to steal the gold, the Kings tell her that she can keep it, because the Child for whom they are looking doesn’t need it. Amahl asks his Mother if he can go with the Kings to visit the Child and give Him his crutch as a gift. As soon as he offers his only worldly possession, a miracle occurs: Amahl can walk.