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DVD + Blu-Ray:
Amahl and the Night Visitors by Stefan Herheim

0000: Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" staged by Stefan Herheim at the Theatre an der Wien and conducted by Magnus Loddgard.

  • Amahl and the Night Visitors_Scene | Copyright: © Naxos Audiovisual © Photo by Monika and Karl Forster

    Amahl and the Night Visitors_Scene © Naxos Audiovisual © Photo by Monika and Karl Forster

  • Amahl and the Night Visitors_Tempu Ishijima_Dshamilja Kaiser | Copyright: © Naxos Audiovisual / © Photo by Monika and Karl Forster

    Amahl and the Night Visitors_Tempu Ishijima_Dshamilja Kaiser © Naxos Audiovisual / © Photo by Monika and Karl Forster

  • Amahl and the Night Visitors_Scene | Copyright: © Naxos Audiovisual / © Photo by Monika and Karl Forster

    Amahl and the Night Visitors_Scene © Naxos Audiovisual / © Photo by Monika and Karl Forster

AMAHL UND DIE NÄCHTLICHEN BESUCHER
Opera in one act (1951)
Libretto by the composer
Sung in a German translation by Kurt Honolka

Premiered in 1951, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" was the first opera specifically composed for television, though Gian Carlo Menotti admitted that he had conceived it for the stage. The magical story tells of Amahl, a disabled boy who befriends the Three Kings when they stop at his house on their journey to see the newborn Jesus. Amahl decides to give his crutch to Jesus, at which point his leg is miraculously healed. Long a Christmas favourite, this new Viennese production staged by Stefan Herheim, sung in German, boldly re-examines the story finding its key elements to be fantasy, empathy and the enduring power of love.

Amahl TEMPU ISHIJIMA Boy Soprano (Soloist of the Vienna Boys Choir)
Amahl’s Mother DSHAMILJA KAISER Mezzo-soprano
King Kaspar PAUL SCHWEINESTER Tenor
King Melchior NIKOLAY BORCHEV Bass-baritone
King Balthazar WILHELM SCHWINGHAMMER Bass

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG CHOR
WIENER SYMPHONIKER
Conductor MAGNUS LODDGARD
Stage Director STEFAN HERHEIM

Film Director GÖTZ FILENIUS
Filmed on 17 and 18 December 2022 at MuseumsQuartier, Hall E, MusikTheater an der Wien, Vienna, Austria

A production of VBW in cooperation with Naxos

Total playing time: 55 minutes
Language: German · Subtitles: German, English, Japanese, Korean
[DVD]: NTSC 16:9 · PCM Stereo and Surround 5.1 · DVD 5 · Region: 0 (Worldwide)
[BLU-RAY]: HD 16:9 · PCM stereo and DTS-MA 5.1 · BD 25 · Region: A, B, C

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