October 31, 2011

UAB Opera presents ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ Nov. 11-12

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Join the UAB Department of Music Nov. 11-12, 2011, as UAB Opera present “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti, directed by Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, D.M.A., assistant professor of music.

amahl_night_visitors_storyThe opera is the story of Amahl, a crippled shepherd boy, who tries to tell his mother about what he has seen outside; an enormous star with a long tail. His mother, who believes he is lying, grows angry when Amahl tells her that a knock at the door is three kings come to visit them. The kings enter and tell them that they have come to find a child, and they show the rich gifts they have brought him. That night, Amahl’s mother tries to steal some of the kings’ gold to use to help her own child; she is caught, and when the kings offer to let her keep the gold, explaining that the king they seek will need nothing but love to rule his kingdom, she returns it. Amahl offers his crutch as an additional gift, and suddenly finds that he can walk. He leaves with the kings to pay homage to the child who has healed him.

The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. each night in the UAB Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Tickets are $5. Call 205-934-7376. Click here to purchase tickets: https://secure.touchnet.com/C21564_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=97. Visit the department online at www.uab.edu/cas/music to purchase tickets. Tickets are available at the door for cash only, and will be available starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 11.