|Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. A narrative adaptation by Frances Frost, preserving the exact dialogue of the opera, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin. McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1952.|
Happy Epiphany, dear readers! The day the Wise Men arrived with their gifts. As a treat for you today, I thought I'd share some illustrations from this book, a literary adaptation of the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. When I was a kid in elementary school, my music teacher would always play us selections from the opera, after passing out Xeroxed papers explaining the opera's history and plot. It was one of two operas she always covered, the other being Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. (We would usually get a field trip to see a Wichita State production of Help! Help! The Globolinks!, also by Gian Carlo Menotti.) Amahl and the Night Visitors was the first opera ever composed for television broadcast. It was commissioned by NBC as the debut production of "Hallmark Hall of Fame," in 1951.
The book is taken directly from the libretto, but interspersed with tons of color and black-and-white illustrations by Roger Duvoisin, one of my very favorites. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy!
Opera Kansas performed Amahl and the Night Visitors back on November 30, but between Little Sis's squirminess and the fact that Big Sis had Nutcracker rehearsal every Sunday, it wasn't going to happen this year. I hope that, in a few years, the stars will align and I can take them to see it. I think Little Sis would appreciate the music (classical is still her favorite) and Big Sis would appreciate the theatricality.
Until then, there's always YouTube!
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