Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

Amahl and the Night Visitors 

One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy-turned-beggar and his mother are visited by three strangers. They are the Three Kings, and they are on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child, who has just been born.

Writer:

Gian Carlo Menotti (libretto)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John Conte John Conte ... Himself - Host
Kirk Jordan Kirk Jordan ... Amahl
Rosemary Kuhlmann Rosemary Kuhlmann ... Amahl's Mother
Andrew McKinley Andrew McKinley
David Aiken David Aiken
Leon Kershner Leon Kershner
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One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy-turned-beggar and his mother are visited by three strangers. They are the Three Kings, and they are on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child, who has just been born.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A voice as clear as the cold night air
31 December 2015 | by patrickjordan-19128See all my reviews

Sitting in front of a black and white television and listening to a sound track that has only a monaural recording left the viewer to fill in the beauty of the images and the richness of the sound. The presentation was recorded in color, but back then a lot of us had black and white televisions. The beauty of the poetic dialogue (Have you seen a child the color of earth the color of dawn), and the playfulness of royalty (In the first drawer I keep my magic stones, one carnelian against all evil and envy...) make the story alive and current in any time. Kirk and Rosemary are able to harmonize in a special way that merges the power of her strong soprano voice with the crystalline clarity of Kirk's boy soprano. From first call to the last tear, this performance is the best example of classic storytelling in a formal modern opera.


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