The D’Angelo Opera Theatre at Mercyhurst University will present two performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors on the weekend of the Feast of the Epiphany. Gian-Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera, commissioned by NBC to be televised on Christmas Eve 1951, tells the story of the Three Kings following the star to Bethlehem. Along the way, they tell a lame boy, Amahl, and his mother about the Child they seek. The mother wishes that the gold and gifts they carry to present to this Child could go her son, as both are starving. The poignant story surrounded by beautiful vocal and instrumental music ends, of course, with a Christmas miracle.
Louisa Jonason, artistic director of the D'Angelo Opera Theatre, is the stage director and designer. The singers and dancers will be accompanied by the newly formed Presque Isle Pro Musica orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Moser. Moser’s son, David, makes his debut as the child Amahl.
There will be two performances: Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. at Luther Memorial Church, 225 W. 10th St, and Sunday, Jan. 6 (Epiphany Sunday), at 4 p.m. at St. Luke Church, 421 E. 38th St. There is no ticket charge, but a free will offering will be taken at each performance.