BISMARCK, ND — Since its first performance on Christmas Eve, 1951, Gian–Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors has taken its place with A Christmas Carol as a holiday classic. The University of Mary follows this tradition with its performance of the one-act opera on Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m., in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel in the Benedictine Center for Servant Leadership building on the campus of the University of Mary.

The story tells of the night the Three Kings, following the star to Bethlehem, stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy. When Amahl offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child, a miracle happens.

According to Katherine Henjum, associate professor of voice and director of the production, “The performance of Amahl has become a tradition at the University of Mary. It was the first opera commissioned especially for television and is a dear, touching story, highlighting the importance and power of generosity. It is truly a deeply meaningful way to start the Thanksgiving and Advent season. It is always a joy to work with the students and my colleagues on this production.”

The performance, which is approximately 50 minutes long, is free and open to the public.

Amahl 2015