Amahl, a poor widow’s son, who can only walk with the help of a crutch, is
amazed one evening to see a huge star hovering over their house. Three
regally dressed strangers arrive and seek shelter for the night. For Amahl,
these wondrous events lead to a miraculous healing and his own long journey
to follow the star.
Bampton Classical Opera
, well known for their performances of rare eighteenth-century opera, bring
this magical twentieth-century classic on Sunday December 16 to the annual
St John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival (and also the St John’s
‘Americana’ Festival), in a new semi-staged production in costume
especially aimed at families and children. This will be followed by another
performance at St Mary’s Church, Bampton, Oxfordshire on 21 December, the
annual St Beornwald’s Day concert in Bampton.
The Mother is played by Emma Stannard, winner of the
Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017, and the role
of the boy Amahl is taken by 11-year-old Felix Gillingwater, chorister at Southwark Cathedral.
The conductor is Anthony Kraus, formerly with Opera
North, who is also one of the pianists in Menotti’s own exciting
arrangement for two pianos. The second pianist is Keval Shah, who won the Accompanists’ Prize in the
Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017, when he
accompanied Emma Stannard.
St John’s Smith Square, London: 16 December 3pm
St Mary’s Church, Bampton, Oxfordshire: 21 December 7.30pm
Semi-staged production, performed in Menotti’s 2-piano version
product_title=Bampton Classical Opera perform Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at St John’s Smith Square, London, and St Mary’s Church, Bampton.