The Music Plays On, Beyond the Stage

By Donato Cabrera│medium.com/@donatocabrera
December 18, 2020

Original 1951 production of Amahl and the Night Visitors

It is hard to imagine a world in which there were only a few television stations to choose for your at-home entertainment. Harder still to imagine one of those stations commissioning a living American composer to write an opera to be premiered and performed live on national television on Christmas Eve. Yet, such was the case for the Italian-American composer, Gian Carlo Menotti, and his opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors.

The Adoration of the Magi – Hieronymus Bosch

In 1978, NBC created a new production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, partially filmed in the Holy Land and superb cast, starring Teresa Stratas as Amahl’s mother, Robert Sapolsky as Amahl, and Willard WhiteGiorgio Tozzi and Nico Castel as the Three Kings. It was directed by my friend, Arvin Brown. For me, this is the best available.

And here is the original cast recording.