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“AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS”: A Heartwarming Holiday Opera in English

About the Event

Step into the enchanting world of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a one-act Christmas opera penned by the renowned Gian Carlo Menotti. This timeless Genesis Opera Theatre production, performed entirely in English, is set to grace the stage on December 22 and 23, 2023, at the STAR Repertory Theatre, located at 329 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido.

What makes this performance truly special is the stellar ensemble cast, handpicked from the talent-rich regions of Southern California, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties. Guided by the visionary direction of Cynthia Leigh and the harmonious musical direction of Abraham Fabella, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” promises to be an unforgettable experience.

At the heart of the narrative is Amahl, a young disabled boy living in modest circumstances with his widowed mother near Bethlehem. Director Cynthia Leigh, who not only helms the production but also takes on the role of The Mother, believes this heartwarming tale is the perfect introduction to the world of opera for both children and adults.

“This story has held a special place in my heart for years,” says Leigh. “I’m thrilled to share it with audiences old and new, offering a memorable experience that transcends age and musical tastes.”

This cherished opera, first commissioned by the NBC Network and broadcast on December 24, 1951, has been a holiday classic ever since. Inspired by “The Adoration of the Magi,” a captivating painting displayed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” retells the Nativity and Epiphany stories from a unique perspective.

Genesis Opera Theatre, committed to making opera accessible to people of all ages at an affordable price, aims to kindle the love for this art form in young minds, nurturing future opera enthusiasts and artists.

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, December 22, 2023, at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 23, 2023, at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Don’t miss your chance to witness this captivating opera. Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased on For additional information, reach out to [email protected].

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