Amahl and the Night Visitors
by Gian-Carlo Menotti
Presented jointly with the American Chamber Orchestra
January 5 (7:30 pm) and January 6 (3:00 pm)
United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston
49 Weston Rd, Westport, CT
This lovely watercolor by W Russel Flint is one of a couple of dozen painted around 1909 to illustrate new published librettos of the Savoy Operas. This one is of Mad Margaret in Ruddigore.
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As in H.M.S. Pinafore last season, the cast here is particularly strong. David Richy, as Niccolù, and Brett Kroeger, as Amiam, effortlessly fill the hall with their ebullient sound. Richy’s voice is more evenly placed over his vocal range, giving it a fine sheen; once again Kroeger is totally and delightfully square into the G & S style, both vocally and dramatically, radiant as the sun and moon she sings about. Under the direction of Keith Miller, each creates a believable character, but they also partner well with each other through the many tests their relationship must endure over the course of the opera.
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