Chamber Opera Chicago Presents the Holiday Spectacular Amahl and the Night Visitors
Chamber Opera Chicago continues its 2010 Season with its fifth annual presentation of Gian Carlo Menotti’s classic favorite, Amahl and the Night Visitors. The production has become a treasured Chicago holiday tradition, perfect for all ages!
The production runs December 4-5, with an official press opening Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 pm. All performances will be held at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. (Please use the 401 South Plymouth Ct. Entrance, one block west of State St.)
Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of how a crippled young shepherd boy’s life is changed forever when he sees an amazing star in the sky. When Amahl and his mother encounter three kings following the star in their search for a wondrous child, the result is a timeless and inspiring message of how faith, charity, and unselfish love can work miracles. This production will be directed by Francis Menotti, based on his father’s original 1951 production.
Sung in English with orchestra, featuring dancers from Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater. A 20 minute program of Christmas carols, sung by the children’s chorus, will begin each performance. The cast of Amahl and the Night Visitors will feature Patrick Blackwell, Brian Hotchkin, Barbara Landis, Christopher Lorimer, Kenny Lumb, and Aaron Stegemöller.
GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING.
Group rates also available. For tickets or information, visit www.chamberoperachicago.org or call 312-951-7944.
CAST: The cast of Amahl and the Night Visitors will feature Patrick Blackwell, Brian Hotchkin, Barbara Landis, Christopher Lorimer, Kenny Lumb, and Aaron Stegemöller with a Chamber Orchestra conducted by Victoria Bond, dancers from Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, and an opening program of Austrian and German Christmas carols sung by the Children’s Chorus, directed by Brian Burkhardt.
ABOUT CHAMBER OPERA CHICAGO is a professional not-for-profit opera company devoted to making great opera affordable, presenting operas in English in intimate settings and providing performance opportunities for Chicago-area singers. The Chamber Opera Chicago Orchestra is distinguished by first-rate conductors and orchestral players and has been highly praised by both critics and audience members alike. With award-winning designers and acclaimed directors from around the world, audiences can .expect high quality, innovative productions that bring opera to life.
Originating over 25 years ago, Chamber Opera Chicago is now in its sixth year under the direction of General/Artistic Director Barbara Landis and has re-energized its original mission of making opera, operetta, and musical theater accessible to the widest possible audience. “COC has become an opera company on par with a repertory theatre,” Landis says. “We want to move our audience emotionally and create memorable performances for both experienced opera-goers and novices. Our main goal is to touch the hearts of our audience members…make them laugh, make them cry, and leave them wanting more!”
For more information, visit www.chamberoperachicago.org
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