A twentieth-century Christmas classic from Bampton Classical Opera
Composed specifically for television, Gian-Carlo Menotti’s popular Christmas opera was commissioned in America by the National Broadcasting Company and first broadcast in 1951. With its heartwarming story of a poor widow’s crippled son, mysterious visitors seeking shelter for the night, a miraculous healing and Amahl’s own journey to follow a star, it has become a classic of the festive season. Bampton Classical Opera are presenting it in a new semi-staged production aimed at families and children. The piece will be performed in Menotti’s own arrangement for two pianos by the conductor Anthony Kraus and the winner of the Accompanists’ Prize in the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017, Keval Shah.
A performance at St John’s Smith Square (part of both their Christmas Festival and the ‘Americana’ series), will be followed by another for the annual St Beornwald’s Day concert in Bampton.
Bampton Classical Opera will perform Amahl and the Night Visitors in St John’s Smith Square on December 16 and again at St Mary’s Church, Bampton, Oxfordshire, on 21 December.