The Three Kings pay a visit to Little Rock when UALR Opera Theatre presents Gian-Carlo Menotti’s beloved Christmas Opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Dec. 4, 5, and 6, in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at UALR.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be presented at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for children and students. UALR students are admitted free with prior reservations.
A special premiere performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, will benefit a UALR endowment honoring Mary Worthen, a longtime supporter of UALR. Tickets are $50, including a champagne reception following the performance.
For ticket information, contact the UALR Music Box Office at 501-569-8993.
Menotti’s opera premiered Christmas Eve 1951 on NBC television network, and became an instant holiday classic, with the most number of annual performances of any opera in America.
The familiar opera relates the story of a poor crippled boy whose life is miraculously changed when the Three Kings visit his village on thier quest for the Christ child. Menotti chose this subject because of his boyhood experiences in Italy, where children wait for gifts brought by the Three Kings, not Santa Claus.
UALR Opera Theatre’s cast features Memory Apata of Maumelle and Laura Johnson of Little Rock alternating in the role of Amahl; Regina Gallucci of Benton and Satia Spencer of DeWitt as his mother; and Luke Angelo of Little Rock, Jeremy Kinchen of Pine Bluff, and Phillip Murray of Little Rock as the Three Kings. Kevin Ezell of White Hall sings the role of their Page.
Edward Craft directs, and Dr. Bevan Keating conducts the soloists, chorus, and chamber orchestra.