ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (April 14, 2023) — The Augustana Opera program will perform Amahl and the Night Visitors on April 21 and 23 in the Brunner Theatre at Augustana College. The performance will be directed by Dr Patrick McNally, assistant professor of music and director of opera.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a touching one-act opera written commissioned for television in 1951, Menotti felt inspired to write a work that recaptured his childhood and wrote Amahl and the Night Visitors to be kid-friendly. The opera tells the story of Amahl, a disabled boy who meets the Three Kings on their way to meet the Christ child.

"Opera is amazing because it's a visceral combination of high-level specialists telling a story." says McNally. "You have people focused on singing brilliantly, dancers soaring, and all the other technical elements from evocative lights to fantastic sets, and all of it working together to tell a story worth retelling every night."

Amahl and the Night Visitors will be performed April 21, 7:30PM, and again on April 23, 1:30PM. All performances take place in the Brunner Theatre Main Stage.

The following students will perform in the "Amahl and the Night Visitors":

Georgi Feigley of Rock Island (61201)

Stephanie Gutierrez-Reyes of Moline (61265)

Known for sparking passionate curiosity, Augustana College is an empowering home to explore over ninety areas of study. Augustana's innovative program, Augie Choice, transforms students into global citizens, thinkers, and doers with a $2,000 grant to explore the world, complete an internship, or conduct research with a professor. Augustana students achieve a balance inside and outside of the classroom; ranking top ten in all divisions for Academic All Americans. Transformed to be different, current students and alumni include health-care heroes, Nobel Prize-winners, CEOs, college presidents, and leaders across all continents. The college enrolls 2,500 curious changemakers who get energized by four years as part of a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

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