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ASU stages America’s most beloved opera Amahl and the Night Visitors

Daveda Karanas (mother) and Lynette Rogers (shepherd boy) in the ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre production of Amahl and the Night Visitors , Nov. 20, 30 and Dec. 2 and 3. Photos by Tim Trumble.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

October 20, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre (LOT) presents one of America's most popular operas, Amahl and the Night Visitors , Nov. 20, 30 and Dec. 2 and 3. Written by Gian Carlo Menotti for a Christmas Eve television premiere in 1951, the 60-minute work sung in English is an excellent introduction to the first-time opera-goer.

In the story, Amahl, a crippled shepherd boy, and his destitute mother receive a visit from star-guided Wise Men bearing gifts for a new boy king. Tempted by their riches, the mother steals the men's gold to help her son. What ensues is a poignant story of faith, unselfish love and good deeds that appeals to all ages.

Amahl and the Night Visitors has become an American classic widely performed each holiday season. ASU's production of this one-act opera is directed by Herberger College music professor Dale Dreyfoos. LOT director and music professor William Reber, and doctoral student Joel Neves conduct.

Tickets for Amahl and the Night Visitors are $5-$20 and available online at or through the Herberger College Box Office, 480-965-6447.   Show times are 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 2 and 3; and 2 p.m., Nov. 20 at the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., ASU Tempe Campus. All 7:30 p.m. performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors will begin with the ASU Concert Choir performing "Laud to the Nativity" by Ottorino Respighi.

The ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Harris, leaders in wealth management since 1882.   For a complete Mainstage schedule of theatre, dance and music performances, go to 

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