The FSU Opera Theatre will perform the popular American opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti, as well as additional opera scenes, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students; children 12 and under are admitted free and are encouraged to attend.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is a one-act opera written and performed in English. It appeals to kids of all ages and musical backgrounds, and is sure to put the audience in the holiday spirit. It features a poor, crippled shepherd boy (Amahl), his devoted mother and the visit of three magi that changes their lives forever. The opera is an inspiring story of how faith, charity, unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles.
Directed by Mariana Mihai-Zoeter, this year’s opera production involves most of the students in the University’s vocal department, a faculty chamber trio and choreography designed by FSU dance student Samantha Flowers. The FSU Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Karen Soderberg, joins the Opera Theatre to present “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” accompanied by the chamber trio of Pamela Murchison, flute; Renate Sakins, oboe; and Dr. Mark Gallagher, clarinet. The cast for “Amahl” includes Kylie Oosterink as Amahl, Britany Poindexter as his mother, Brent Mitchell as King Kaspar, Matthew Purnell as King Melchior, Daniel Rich as King Balthazar and Robert Brown as the page.
Also presented will be opera scenes from “Le nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”) by Mozart, “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) by Strauss, “Les contes d'Hoffmann” (“The Tales of Hoffmann”) by Offenbach and more. Accompanied by pianist Dr. Bomi Lim Tunstall, performers in these scenes will include Adebukola Adelugba, Robert Brown, Ryan Hipps, Lauren Huyser, Bailey Kerr and Allison Moses.
For more information, call the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.