Amahl & The Night Visitors
December 16-18, 2013
Throughout the decade of the 1950′s, Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors was a beloved Christmas television tradition. Amahl was the first opera to be commissioned for television, and the first to fully exploit the potential of the new medium. With a libretto (in English) of great lyrical beauty, penned by the composer himself, and a cast of superb singing actors, Amahlmagnificently achieves the goal of NBC Opera Theatre’s founders, which was “to bring sincerity and realism to opera.” The work, tailored by Menotti for children, was for many an eye-opening introduction into the world of opera as musical theater. It remains a delightful, inspirational, and ultimately deeply moving experience. GLOW is looking forward to making Amahl an annual Holiday tradition, and invites you to bring the whole family to enjoy this charming one-act opera.
The cast includes GLOW favorites, soprano, Sara Magun, as “The Mother,” and GLOW General Director, and baritone, Christian Elser as “Melchior.” Porter Stokes conducts the GLOW Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Members of the Carolina Ballet Theatre perform the lovely Shepherd’s Dance. Stage Directed by Jenna Tamisiea.
La Tragédie de Carmen
June 5-6, 2014
Micaëla, a young country girl, arrives in Seville looking for her childhood sweetheart, Don José. She brings him a letter from his mother. A gypsy, Carmen, throws a flower to the young corporal and sings an erotic love song.The two girls fight and José’s superior officer, Zuniga, appears. Unable to control Carmen, he orders José to take her to jail. En route, Carmen promises José that if he lets her escape she will meet him at the inn of her friend Lillas Pastia. José lets Carmen go, whereupon Zuniga locks him up and takes away his corporal’s rank. Carmen arrives at the inn with stolen goods. Zuniga comes to see Carmen and offer money for her favors. Carmen accepts but shortly thereafter José enters, summoning José back to the barracks. Carmen is furious and taunts him; the situation becomes tense. José discovers Zuniga, loses control and kills the officer. The body is quickly hidden as Escamillo, a famous bullfighter, enters. Buying drinks all around, he announces that he, too, wants Carmen. José, jealous, picks a fight Escamillo. Carmen separates them and Escamillo withdraws, inviting all to his next bullfight. José, who has now killed for Carmen, sings of his lover for her. They go to the mountains where an old gypsy woman unites them. While they are sleeping, Garcia appears at the camp. He is Carmen”s husband, though she has hidden his existence from José. The two men challenge each other and as they go off to fight, Carmen reads her tragic fate in the cards. The song ends. Garcia returns wounded and falls dead at Carmen’s feet. Micaëla appears again searching for José; the two women seem to understand each other. They sing while José, twice a murderer and abandoned by Carmen, flees. Carmen becomes Escamillo’s mistress. José returns to persuade her to leave with him to start a new life. She refuses, knowing she is putting her life in jeopardy. Escamillo is killed in the bullring. Carmen still refuses José’s offer, but she goes with him as far as the place where the cards have foretold that she will die. This production will feature Metropolitan Opera tenor, Hugo Vera, in the lead role of Don José, and is directed by Jenna Tamisiea.
SUMMER FESTIVAL to be announced soon!