Campus Life

The spirit of Christmas

The Christmas spirit comes to the University as the Opera Workshop presents Amahl and the Night Visitors on Dec. 5 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and again on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the University Recital Hall.

Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the heart-warming story of an impoverished crippled boy, Amahl and his mother as they meet the Three Kings who are following a star to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus. Through goodwill, sacrifice and kindness, Amahl discovers the power of miracles and the true meaning of Christmas.

"This opera is both funny and dramatic and the music is very approachable and listenable – perfect for the whole family," says Dr. Blaine Hendsbee, Opera Workshop Director. "Originally produced for television and composed by Gian Carlo Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors has become the most frequently performed one act opera of our time."

Featuring a talented cast and chorus of singers and dancers, Amahl and the Night Visitors showcases the high level of musicianship for which Opera Workshop is known. This 45-minute production immerses the audience in a fantastic land with beautiful sets and costumes.

"My colleagues in the Theatre and Dramatic Arts Dept. have been wonderful," says Hendsbee. "Leslie Robinson-Greene designed the gorgeous costumes, David Hignell designed the lighting, and David Barrus designed the set."

Start the holiday season with the joyful melodies of this beloved opera. Tickets for Amahl and the Night Visitors are $15 regular and $10 student/senior at the U of L Box Office (403-329-2616).