September 30, 2019 Share

Television’s First Opera Receives a Special Holiday Staging in a Beautiful Church Setting: AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Gian Carlo Menotti’s beloved 1951 work is considered to be the first opera composed for television. It’s not as if Menotti sat down and said, “I think I’ll invent a new genre today.”
Yet with the composition of Amahl and the Night Visitors, that is essentially what he did. Although he himself might not have seen it as a huge milestone initially, the 45-minute telecast established a tradition of “television opera” that has continued, in one form or another, to the present day. Television opera requires small casts, expressive acting, a clearly articulated story, and relatively simple melodic design – bridging the gap between the mass audience and the opera house.

AMBER JOHNSON (AMAHL’S MOTHER)

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm, Boheme Opera NJ returns to its early roots in Chambersburg, Trenton, NJ as it presents a beautiful rendition of Gian Carlo Menotti’s poignant tale of the poor young disabled boy Amahl. He and his mother struggle to exist, and when three appointed kings – the Magi – stop at their house, their lives are about to change.

The production will feature a talented young cast, accompanied by the Boheme Opera NJ Chamber Orchestra and Chorus. It will be staged and conducted by Boheme Opera NJ Artistic Director and Conductor Joseph Pucciatti on the altar of one of Trenton’s largest churches, Immaculate Conception Church of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, 540 Chestnut Avenue.
It will be the first return of opera to the City of Trenton since 2010.

Following the one-act Menotti opera will be a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria.

MARTIN HARGROVE (King Balthazar)

Vivaldi composed his Gloria in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage for girls which prided itself on the quality of its music education and the excellence of its choir and orchestra. The wonderfully sunny nature of the Gloria, with its distinctive melodies and rhythms, is characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music, giving it an immediate and universal appeal. Featured in this performance will be the Boheme Opera NJ Chamber Orchestra accompanying members and soloists from the Boheme Opera NJ Chorus.

General admission for this special holiday event is $25. Students through age 15 attend free.
Online tickets are available at: amahl-trenton.brownpapertickets.com and will be sold at the door one hour before performance.