Amahl and the Night Visitors

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Amahl and the Night Visitors is a Christmas opera by Gian-Carlo Menotti (1911–2007)[1].

The original text

Menotti wrote his Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors for NBC in 1951, the first opera ever written for television in America. It was broadcast on Christmas Eve, 1951, and the broadcast became an annual Christmas tradition.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Amahl en die Nagbesoekers by composer Bosman de Kock and librettist Aart de Villiers.

Performance history in South Africa

1963: Presented by PACT Opera

1978: Presented by NAPAC Opera.

1992: Presented by CAPAB Opera (15 December – 6 January)

1993: Presented by CAPAB Opera (14 December – 6 January)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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