Theatre: Amahl And The Night Visitors
A "Christmas opera" by Gian-Carlo Menotti, written on commission for NBC
. First performed in 1951.
The story concerns Amahl, a poor crippled boy who lives with his mother, as they are visited by the three kings
on the night of Jesus
' birth. Amahl has a habit of lying, and his mother initially does not believe him when he talks about the unusual star he sees. When she sees the riches that the kings have and intend to give to the infant Jesus, she attempts to steal the gold. King Melchior, however, forgives her when he sees Amahl defend her.
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