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‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ Returns for Encore

A young boy and his mother perform on stageThe University of Alabama Opera Theatre is again bringing the moral and magical Christmas tale of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” to life in one performance only at Bryant-Jordan Hall Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.

The opera is free and open to the public.

“Why do we keep on doing this every year?” asked Dr. Paul Houghtaling, associate professor of voice and director of the UA Opera Theatre. “Because its message of love and light are far more important than anything material. If you have that in your life you’re already rich.

“With such negative energy out there right now, this sends a sweet message. This little boy, Amahl, who has to walk with a crutch, sees the good in people and communicates that.”

Houghtaling said the opera is a family-oriented production about a disabled boy’s interaction with three traveling kings, the Biblical Magi, and how his loving mother with a heart of gold tries to teach him vital life lessons.

Read more about the opera by reading the full article on the UA news site.