Photo by Cory Weaver. Everest, 2018.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Showtimes

December 3, 2020 | 7:00 PM
December 4, 2020 | 7:00 PM
December 5, 2020 | 2:00 PM
December 6, 2020 | 2:00 PM

At the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building (712 E 18th St)

All performances will have limited capacity and be done in accordance with public health protocols. Please visit our Season Update page for latest updates.

Tickets on sale November 9, 2020.
Advance single tickets only. To maintain social distancing protocols, no walk-up sales will be allowed.

The Story

Full of delight, humor, and tenderness, Amahl and the Night Visitors is a true Christmas story for the whole family. Three traveling kings, following the star to Bethlehem, stop for the night at a humble home of a shepherd boy, Amahl, and his mother. As Amahl entertains the guests, he offers his own simple gift to the Christ child and learns the miracle of true generosity.

This all-new Lyric Opera production of Menotti’s classic Christmas opera utilizes newly-created puppets, designed by Kansas City’s legendary puppet master, Paul Mesner, brought to life by a team of puppeteers and live voices in a magical new setting and orchestral version, created especially for Lyric Opera.

In this year of change, try a new holiday experience with your family!

Tickets cost $20 per person.
Family Pods available $50 for a family of four. Additional tickets for the family pod available for $10 per ticket.
Capacity is limited – purchase early to guarantee your tickets.


 

Cast

Amahl – TBA

King Kaspar – Michael Wu
Michael Wu, tenor, recently graduated with his master’s from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He performed Belfiore (La finta giardiniera) and Albert (Albert Herring) with the UMKC Conservatory Opera program. Mr. Wu recently performed with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as a featured soloist for the Soundscapes in the City concert series and sang in the chorus in The Pearl Fishers, The Abduction from the Seraglio, and Lucia di Lammermoor. Other recent engagements include Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) at The Little Patuxent Opera Institute and singing for the Sonic Blossom performance-art exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.

King Melchior – Daniel Belcher
GRAMMY® Award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher has performed in many of the world’s music capitals, including Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Geneva, Madrid, Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo, Seoul and Houston. With a repertoire of more than 80 roles, Belcher has championed roles from the Baroque to those composed expressly for him. His roles with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City include Papageno in The Magic Flute, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Father Palmer in Silent Night, Chou En Lai in Nixon in China, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dandini in La Cenerentola and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.

King Balthazar – Scott Conner
Internationally acclaimed Kansas native Scott Conner has been lauded by major critics and audiences as an extraordinary talent on the rise. Mr. Conner’s warm, flexible voice and elegant stature brings proficiency in a wide range of repertoire, including Mozart, Rossini, Handel, Donizetti and Verdi. Originally from Olathe, Kansas, Mr. Conner has in recent years ascended into the international opera scene making significant debuts with the leading opera houses across North America, Europe and the United Kingdom. Recent seasons have included returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the Police Commissioner in Der Rosenkavalier, the Santa Fe Opera as Mustafa in L’Italiana in Algeri and reprisals of the roles of Nerbulone and Tiferne the Gladiator in Cavalli’s Egliogabalo with Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and the Paris National Opera.

The Mother – Kelly Morel
Originally from Los Angeles, California, mezzo-soprano Kelly Morel now makes her home in Kansas City, Missouri, where she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in 2017 at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and was a Resident Artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City from 2018-2019. Recent roles with Lyric Opera of Kansas City include Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Alisa in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Last summer Ms. Morel joined the Aspen Music Festival & School to perform the roles of Désirée Armfeldt in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

A Page: Keith Klein
Keith Klein is an operatic bass-baritone native to Kansas City, Missouri. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Florida State University, Keith has a wide musical background including classical, jazz, folk, and pop singing. He began his career by winning the 2014 KC Superstar competition and appearing on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent. He studies classical technique under the tutelage of Jan Opalach and David Okerland.


Creative Team

Music/Libretto: Gian Carlo Menotti
Director: Shawna Lucey
Conductor: Piotr Wisiewski
Set Designer: Steven Kemp
Puppet Designer: Paul Mesner



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