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Christmas story with a happy end

Verantwortlicher Autor: Nadejda Komendantova Theater an der Wien, 18.12.2022, 21:54 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Nadejda Komendantova Bericht 5258x gelesen

Theater an der Wien [ENA] Amahl and the night visitor is a family opera created by Italian-American artist Gian Carlo Menotti. The opera creates a real Christmas mood and was developed for the entire family, including the youngest children. It is performed by the Theatre an der Wien and has really impressive stage design as well as costume. It is also the opera performed for children by the children.

A mother fears for her boy. His name is Amahl, Arabic for hope, and he is endowed with an adventurous imagination that distracts him from his illness. One night, three kings knock at the door: they have followed the evening star in search of a newborn king to whom they want to bring gifts. At the end of that night, nothing is as it was before ... On December 24, 1951, Amahl and the Night Visitors was broadcast on American television and, thanks to regular reruns, has since become a popular Christmas tradition in many countries - almost an equivalent of Hansel and Gretel. An opera for young and old, for which a strong team has come together with the Vienna Boys' Choir, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti, with an original English libretto by the composer. The opera tells the story of Amahl, a young shepherd boy who is visited by the three kings who are following the star to the birthplace of Jesus. Amahl is disabled and cannot walk, but he is kind and generous, and he offers the kings food and shelter for the night. The opera was first performed on NBC Television on Christmas Eve in 1951, and it became an annual holiday tradition. It was the first opera ever written specifically for television, and it was a groundbreaking work that helped to bring opera to a wider audience. The opera has since been performed on stage and has become a beloved holiday classic.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a short opera, with a running time of about 45 minutes. It features a small cast and orchestra, and it is suitable for all ages. The opera is known for its catchy melodies and its heartwarming story, and it has been praised for its accessibility and its ability to introduce opera to new audiences. The role of Amahl was presented by soloists of the famous Vienna boy choir. The Vienna Boys Choir is a world-renowned choir that was founded in 1498. The choir is made up of boys between the ages of 10 and 14 who are selected through a competitive audition process. The choir is known for its angelic voices and its ability to perform a wide range of music, from classical to pop.

The choir is based in Vienna, Austria, and it performs concerts and tours around the world. The choir has a long and rich history, and it has been associated with many of the great composers of the past, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was a choirboy himself. In addition to its concerts and tours, the Vienna Boys Choir also runs a music school in Vienna, where boys who are members of the choir receive a classical music education. The choir has a strong tradition of excellence and has contributed to the cultural life of Vienna and the world.

The Vienna Boys Choir is an enduring cultural institution and is known for its beautiful music and its dedication to the promotion of classical music. It continues to be a beloved and respected ensemble, and its concerts and tours are highly sought after by audiences around the world. The opera Amahl and the Night Visitors can be enjoyed in Theater an der Wien until the 27th of December 2022.

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