Amahl and the Night Visitors

Friday, January 6, 2017, 7 PM
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 7 PM

First Presbyterian Church
716 College Ave., Racine, WI

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a family-friendly opera about a young boy, his mother, the Three Kings, and a miracle. CAS is excited to present Amahl as a fully staged performance which will be perfect for all generations to enjoy together. The fine cast for this performance includes Brianne Sura (The Mother), Bill Diekhoff (King Kaspar), Gregory Berg (King Melchior), G. Dwight Hamilton (King Balthazar), Benjamin Horvat (The Page), and Tai Heether in his opera debut as Amahl.

In celebration of the Choral Arts Society’s 30th Anniversary year, a special aspect of the Friday performance is a Talk Back featuring Amahls from the CAS past.  Special guests include Brett Angel (Amahl in the Racine Symphony/Choral Arts 1991 production), Michael Wideburg (Amahl in the Choral Arts 2001 production), and Nathan Engstrom (Amahl in the SEWPA/Choral Arts 2011 production). They will be joined by current and prior cast members. The focus will be sparking young people’s interest in the arts so that their passion lasts a lifetime.

Inspired by the composer’s childhood in Italy, and by Hieronymus Bosch’s painting “The Adoration of the Magi,” this Christmas themed opera by Giancarlo Menotti was commissioned by NBC as the first opera written specifically for television. It debuted in December 1951, and has since become a holiday favorite.

Tickets for Amahl and the Night Visitors, Friday, 1/6/17, 7 PM will be available at the door. Advance sales will continue at Personal Touch by Julie Florists until 5:30 PM 1/6/17.
Online sales for 1/6/17 are closed.

*Tickets for Amahl and the Night Visitors, Saturday, 1/7/17, 7 PM
Online sales have closed. Advance sales will continue at Personal Touch by Julie Florists until 3:00 PM 1/7/17. Tickets will also be available at the door.

 
*Tickets already purchased online will be available in Will-call at the box office table located near the parking lot entrance from 6:00 – 6:45 PM on the evening of the performance.

 Single Concert Tickets

Adult:     in advance – $15, at the door – $17
Senior:     in advance – $12, at the door – $14
Student:   $5 (Special for Amahl: Buy two non-student tickets (Adult/Senior), get one free student ticket at the door.)

Amahl – Program Notes by James Schatzman

Libretto

Thanks to Lee Roberts of the Racine Journal Times for a very informative article about this event. Read it here.

 

Cast:
Amahl – Tai Heether
Mother – Brianne Sura
King Kaspar – Bill Diekhoff
King Melchoir – Gregory Berg
King Balthazar – G. Dwight Hamilton
The Page – Benjamin Horvat