Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Amahl and the Night Visitors brings opera to all ages

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 1:00 AM

click to enlarge Nov. 28-29, 7 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $20, - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY
  • Courtesy Colorado Springs Conservatory
  • Nov. 28-29, 7 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $20,
Seldom considered family entertainment, the art of opera has a highbrow reputation, but this 1951 holiday opera by Gian Carlo Menotti makes opera accessible to all ages, and the Colorado Springs Conservatory has presented it annually for nearly 20 years. The story follows a boy and his mother who have become beggars, but a visit by the three Magi changes their lives. This year, the Conservatory has chosen to set the tale during the Great Depression. Its director of design, C.C. Wells, calls it “a profound design.” Most exciting about this performance, however: Its cast includes hundreds of children and adults, including 100 students from the Conservatory, plus members of the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Colorado Springs Chorale. Clocking in at just under an hour, this sweet tale will hold the kids’ attention, and teach some holiday lessons along the way. 

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