Q: Who was Gian Carlo Menotti and why did he write “Amahl and the Night Visitors”?
A: Menotti, an Italian-American, was born in 1911 and died in 2007. He wrote several operas including his most famous Christmas classic, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Menotti was instrumental in establishing the Charleston Spoleto festival. He was commissioned by early television to write an opera in English specifically for children. “Amahl” was presented on live TV on Christmas Eve for 5 years straight from 1951.
Q: What is “Amahl” about and what are some of its takeaway messages?
A: Amahl and the Night Visitors is the story of a poor mother and crippled son who get an unexpected surprise visit from the three wise men. A Christmas miracle occurs during this visit. This heartwarming story tells of love both human and divine, of sacrifice and belief. It tells children of the true magic of Christmas.
Q: Is it suitable for children? Will audiences as a whole understand it?
A: This show is a true Christmas gift for ALL ages. It is sung in English and highly understandable.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” opens December 2 at ACP! Click here to purchase tickets or call the box office at 803-648-1438!