Amahl and the Nightvisitors

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Gian Menotti


Gian-Carlo Menotti


24 December 1951, New York (NBC Studios)




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About the opera Amahl and the Nightvisitors

Amahl and the Night Visitors is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti with an original English libretto by the composer. It was commissioned by NBC and first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951, in New York City at NBC studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, where it was broadcast live on television as the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. It was the first opera specifically composed for television in America.
Menotti was commissioned by Peter Herman Adler, director of NBC's new opera programming, to write the first opera for television. The composer had trouble settling on a subject for the opera, but took his inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch's The Adoration of the Magi hanging in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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Roles in Amahl and the Nightvisitors

Amahl Treble
The Mother Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano
King Kaspar Tenor
King Melchior Baritone
King Balthazar Bass
The Page Bass
Dancing Shepherds

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Arias from Amahl and the Nightvisitors

Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1This is my boxAmahl and the NightvisitorsMenottiariatenorEnglishKing Kaspar
2All that gold!Amahl and the NightvisitorsMenottiariamezzo or sopranoEnglishThe Mother
3Oh, woman, you may keep the goldAmahl and the NightvisitorsMenottiariabaritone or bassEnglish