Fri 12/13 @ 7PM
Sat 12/14 @ 7PM
Sun 12/15 @ 3PM
Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti lived to be 95 (he died in 2007) and wrote more than two dozen operas. But he’ll always be best known for his one-act opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, which debuted in 1951 and became an eagerly awaited Christmas staple on television in the ’50s, in the years before multiple channels and holiday specials. What child of the era couldn’t sing “This is my box, this is my box, I never travel without my box …”?
The story revolves around a lame young boy, Amahl, who takes off with the Three Kings to see the baby Jesus, after they stop at his home to rest, and experiencing a miraculous healing as he goes.
Once again, Cleveland Opera Theater partners with the City Mission to present the work, this time in three performances: Fri 12/13 @ Old Stone Church on Pubic Square, Sat 12/14 @ Church of the Savior in Cleveland Heights, and Sun 12/15 @ Rocky River Methodist Church. Performances are free and don’t require tickets or reservations, but they will be collecting donations of both money and disposable diapers for The City Mission’s Laura’s Home center for women and children in crisis.