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MENOTTI, G.C.: Amahl and the Night Visitors / My Christmas (Willis, Mabry)

Composer(s):Menotti, Gian Carlo
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularOpera
Catalogue 8.669019
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first opera written for television, enjoys more than five hundred performances annually around the world and is immensely popular with amateur groups. A crippled boy, Amahl, and his mother are visited by the three Kings who seek the newborn Jesus. Deciding to give his crutch to the Christ child, he is miraculously healed, and joyfully accompanies the Kings to give thanks. Sung in English, brimming with tuneful melodies for both soloists and chorus, the opera is a humorous and poignant Christmas classic beloved by people of all ages.


Review By Ted Ayala,Crescenta Valley Weekly,December 2010

A classic Christmas favorite since it premiered on NBC in the early 1950s, Menotti’s Amahl has surprisingly not been often recorded. This excellent new recording on the budget Naxos more than makes amends for this drought. All the artists involved are superb, as is the Naxos sound. To have such a fine recording is reason enough to be thankful this Christmas. That it should be budget priced to boot is a Christmas miracle in and of itself. If you can enjoy monaural sound, be sure to also find the original RCA recording with Thomas Schippers at the helm. [On Naxos Historical 8.111350-61 from January 2011 - Ed.]

Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2009

Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, with its Christmas festivities connections, has become the most popular opera written in the second half of the 20th century. The three Kings are on their long journey to see the Christ child, but, needing to rest for a while they come across a the house where there is a cripple boy, Amahl. While they are there he is miraculously restored to normal health and asks his mother if he could go with them on their journey. After initial reluctance she gives him her blessing and he joins their pilgrimage. In one act and requiring only a chamber group as accompaniment, the opera has found favour around amateur ensembles well-able to perform it. Vocally it demands little, though on stage the task of projecting the boy’s



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