Last day for ‘Amahl and the night vis­i­tors’

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

One of the most beau­ti­fully ar­tic­u­lated chil­dren’s op­eras in the reper­toire com­posed in the last cen­tury is GianCarlo Menotti’s Amahl and the night vis­i­tors. To­day is the last day of its pro­duc­tion at Teatru Ma­noel.

This de­cep­tively sim­ple opera is all about a Christ­mas mir­a­cle wherein the birth of Christ Child is im­plied and the mir­a­cle takes place dur­ing the voy­age of the Three Kings to Beth­le­hem. They are forced to take shel­ter in the very hum­ble home of a widow and her crip­pled son Amahl and this is how the mir­a­cle hap­pens in mu­sic “that never fails to bring tears to my eyes” says the artis­tic di­rec­tor of Teatru Ma­noel, Kenneth Zam­mit Tabona. Zam­mit Tabona has long had the dream of pre­sent­ing this beau­ti­ful work of art at the theatre and has fi­nally man­aged to with the help of the well-es­tab­lished Żigużajg Fes­ti­val. Fresh from at­tend­ing the an­nual Opera Europa con­fer­ence in Paris, Zam­mit Tabona re­it­er­ates that the em­pha­sis was put on the nur­tur­ing of young au­di­ences and what bet­ter way is there to do this than to present young and young at heart au­di­ences with ac­ces­si­ble op­eras like this?

“My aim is to beat Ger­many where sta­tis­tics show that 8% of the pop­u­la­tion at­tend opera. That’s a larger per­cent­age than those who at­tend foot­ball!”

Michael Sum­mers, Amahl’s con­duc­tor states: "The mo­ment of the mir­a­cle − one of the most mag­i­cal and mov­ing scenes in the en­tire op­er­atic reper­toire,” while the di­rec­tor, Tama Mathe­son ex­plains, "the per­fect chil­dren's opera − sweet, melo­di­ous and en­chant­ing. A mar­vel­lous in­tro­duc­tion to the magic of theatre." Tick­ets can be bought from www.teatru­ma­, book­[email protected]­ma­ or by phon­ing on 2124 6389.

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