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Amahl and the Night VisitorsKids event

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St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
On Sunday 16 December 2018 at 15:00
Bampton Classical Opera
Anthony KrausConductor
Jeremy GrayDirector
Emma StannardMezzo-sopranoMother of Amahl
Felix GillingwaterTrebleAmahl
Nick SalesTenorKaspar
Samuel PantcheffBassMelchior
Robert Winslade AndersonBassBalthazar
Xavier HetheringtonTenorThe Page
Orchestra of Bampton Classical Opera

Gian-Carlo Menotti’s much-loved Christmas opera was commissioned in America by the National Broadcasting Company and was broadcast in 1951 - the first-ever opera composed specifically for television. Menotti said that it “is an opera for children because it tries to recapture my own childhood”.

Amahl, a poor widow’s son, who can only walk with the help of a crutch, is amazed one evening to see a huge star hovering over their house. Three regally dressed strangers arrive and seek shelter for the night. For Amahl, these wondrous events lead to a miraculous healing and his own long journey to follow the star.

Bampton Classical Opera, whose discoveries of rare eighteenth-century opera have been a regular feature at St John’s over many years, now brings this memorable twentieth-century classic to the Christmas Festival in a new semi-staged production especially aimed at families and children.

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