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Amahl and the Night Visitors

Three Wise Men. One Miraculous Night.


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Seamlessly pairing live singing and music with masterful puppetry, Amahl and the Night Visitors brings to life the story of three kings – the Magi – who have traveled from far away lands to bring gifts to a child born in Bethlehem. When they stop to rest for the night, they are taken in by an impoverished, disabled boy and his mother. Amahl is dazzled both by their stories and the exotic treasures they carry, but the humble host will soon show them what it truly means to give with a generous heart, triggering a miraculous ending to this inspiring story. Based on Italian folktales of the Nativity and the Epiphany, this imaginative, unique telling of the first Christmas is an original Lyric Opera of Kansas City production created in collaboration with master puppeteer Paul Mesner. It’s a heartwarming holiday tradition designed with families in mind, and you can only experience it right here in KC.

All performances will be in The Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building.

712 E 18th Street Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Friday, December 2, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 2:00 pm
Friday, December 9, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2022 | 2:00 pm

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School shows also available. Click here for more information.

COMPOSER Gian Carlo Menotti
LIBRETTIST Gian Carlo Menotti
CONDUCTOR Piotr Wiśniewski

Original Production by Shawna Lucey

Understand every word: Performed in English with English subtitles

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Creative Team

Conductor, Piotr Wisniewski

Puppet Master, Paul Mesner

Engagement Guide

We invite you to fully engage in the experience of seeing Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors by watching videos, listening to excerpts, learning about the story and answering questions in our free, virtual Engagement Guide. Spend time together with family, friends, or groups of students exploring the wonderful themes in Amahl and the Night Visitors: kindness. generosity, empathy, and the importance of family.

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