The Opera Hour – series 2/episode 12

Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes – politics, power, greed, the abominable, magic, lust, comedy.

On today’s show, since it’s very nearly Christmas, he is playing the entirety of Menotti’s Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors! This humorous and moving classic was written for American television in the 1950s and tells the story of Amahl, a young boy who delights in telling lies, and his encounter with three bizarre kings who knock on his door one night whilst following a star ‘as big as a window’ in the night sky.

Originally broadcast on 20th December 2012