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Amahl and the Night Visitors

46 min
M1500 .M54 A53 2007 DVD

Composer Gian Carlo Menotti.

Throughout the decade of the 1950s, Gian Carlo Menotti's opera Amahl and the Night Visitors was a beloved Christmas television tradition, shown live every year, beginning with its premiere performance in 1951. Amahl was the first opera to be commissioned for television, and the first to fully exploit the potential of the new medium. With a libretto (in English) of great lyrical beauty, penned by the composer himself, and a cast of superb singing actors, Amahl magnificently achieves the goal of NBC Opera Theatre's founders, which was "to bring sincerity and realism to opera." The work, tailored by Menotti for children, was for many an eye-opening introduction into the world of opera as musical theater. It remains a delightful, inspirational, and ultimately deeply moving experience.

Cast: Andrew McKinley, Rosemary Kuhlmann, Bill McIver, David Aiken, Leon Lishner, Francis Monachino.

Originally telecast on Dec. 25, 1955 on NBC Opera Theatre.

English dialogue; English, French, German, Italian or Spanish subtitles.

Distributed by Video Artists International (

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