One of the many advantages of living in or visiting a city like Paris, is the ability to take advantage of the numerous cultural activities offered, many at very reasonable prices. The STM is always on the lookout for unique performances and she has just the “ticket” for you and your family this weekend!!!
The one act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” provides an excellent opportunity to introduce your child to Opera and is appealing as well, to those who just “aren’t quite sure” about Opera, as it is only 45 minutes long. That being said, the instrumental and vocal talents of the performers on January 25th, 2014 will please even the most discerning operatic ear. It will be sung in English and conducted by the talented Italo Marchini.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is being performed this Saturday evening, January 26, 2014, at 6:00 pm at the American Cathedral of Paris, located at 23 Avenue George V, 75008. Metro access Line 1 at stop George V or Line 9, stop Alma. Tickets can be purchased the evening of the show at the door; adults 20 euros, students/children 10 euros, or a very reasonably priced Family ticket at 45 euros. This special performance is being sponsored by Les Arts George V and Madamiva.
The opera was composed in 1951 by Italian, Gian Carlo Menotti and first performed on Christmas Eve of that same year. Interestingly it was the first opera ever written for television, being commissioned by NBC and performed live from their studios in Rockefeller Center, New York City. It was the first production for the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” series.
The opera is set outside of Bethlehem in the home of a crippled boy, Amahl and his mother. This touching story is about the 3 Kings on their journey to visit the Christ Child and sin, love and miraculous redemption. A crowd pleaser and tear-jerker, definitely make plans to attend – just don’t take my front row seat!!