Amahl and the Night Visitors


One of the most popular holiday classics of all time, Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of a miraculous encounter between Amahl, a boy with a lame leg, and the Three Kings. The moving tale is a timeless and inspiring message of how faith, charity, unselfish love, and good deeds can work miracles. This family-friendly holiday classic is a one-act, 45-minute opera, sung in English, and performed with a chamber orchestra and professional soloists.


For 3 years (2014 – 2016), Opera North performed Menotti’s holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors in mid-December at the Lebanon Opera House. In addition to public performances, each year a special school performance was held – at no cost to attendees – for elementary student from area public and private schools as well as home-schooled students. In 2015, the production was performed – for free – at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) and in 2016, it was taken to the Concord Center for the Arts (CCA) for a special low-cost school show.


Prior to the performance, study guides were provided to teachers to help prepare students for the opera and a Q&A session was held afterwards. In addition, bus scholarships were made available to schools that were unable to pay for transportation.


Students wrote in with comments (not edited for spelling or punctuation):


I realy like how the setting looked like, the music, and the lights how it lit up certain parts and how they changed.


My favorite part were when the three kings were at the door and every time Amahl checked the door he opened it shrieked and shut the door.


My favorite part about Amahl and
the Night Visitors was the dancing.


I’ve never been to an opera before
but it was great!


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