The Show Will Go On Virtually at Lyric Opera

Amahl and his mother/Photo credits: Don Ipock

Good news, bad news. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City announced today the cancellation of the live performances of their new production, Amahl and the Night Visitors. But never fear, a digital filmed performance is available for purchase now and can be viewed starting December 15, says general director and CEO Deborah Sandler.

Amahl and the Night Visitors
 first entered the world in 1951 as a production of Kansas City’s very own Hallmark Hall of Fame. “We now continue this tradition and are pleased to announce the reentry of this beautiful story of generosity and hope … with a new, high-quality film available for digital purchase for $40,” says Sandler. “We believe this beloved holiday classic film will enchant you with Paul Mesner-designed puppets, stunning sets, and glorious music, bringing the magic of the holidays into your home. We encourage all of you to remain diligent in taking care of yourself and your loved ones.”

Gathering the neighbors

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

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

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