Amahl and the Night Visitors - Two Performances Only!

When Gian Carlo Menotti originally conceived the role of Amahl, the composer insisted that the role must always be performed by a child and not an adult in costume. A soprano in the Columbus Boychoir (which in 1980 became the American Boychoir), Chet Allen originated the role for the NBC Opera Theater production in 1951. Then twelve-year-old Kurt Yaghjian took up the shepherd’s crook in the 1963 production, the first to be videotaped and rebroadcast.

In developing our own holiday tradition here in Pittsburgh, we have worked to honor Menotti’s wishes by casting talented youth in the title role. This year we are very pleased to welcome soprano Emmanuel Tsao! A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Emmanuel has sung the boy soprano solo in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as well as the University of Mississippi Chorus. He cantors regularly at his church, performs monthly at the Acoustic Café evenings at Howard Vance Guitar Academy, and has sung with the Memphis BoyChoir and county youth choirs. An aspiring actor, he has played the role of Michael Darling in Peter Pan at Memphis Playhouse on the Square for two seasons.

Emmanuel is currently engaged to perform in an art installation called Fault Lines at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  

In anticipation of our upcoming production, Emmanuel sat down and recorded some of his thoughts in this exclusive video! CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO

Please join us on Friday, December 20 and Sunday, December 22 (at 7:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively) at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side to experience this timeless holiday classic. We look forward to seeing you there!
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 Meet Emmanuel, our 2019 Amahl!
Emmanuel explains what he's been up to
Hear what Emmanuel has been doing lately, and his opinion on singing vs. video games, then come hear him sing Amahl on December 20th & 22nd!


Amahl & the Night Visitors
Friday Dec. 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sunday Dec 22, 2019 at 3:00 pm
New Hazlett Theater
North Side

Emmanuel Tsao - Amahl
Olga Perez Flora - Mother
Robert Chafin - Kaspar
Christopher Scott - Melchior
Jonathan Stuckey - Balthazar
Haley Stamats - stage director
Lindsey Goodman - flute
Maria Sensi Sellner - conductor
Resonance Chamber Orchestra & Chorus

with a first half featuring the music of:
 Cécile Chaminade
Nancy Galbraith
Jennifer Higdon
Jessie Montgomery

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Resonance Works is a multi-modal, artist-led performing arts company that showcases an orchestra, chorus, vocal soloists, chamber musicians, staged opera, and musical theater -- often on the same program. Featuring repertoire that is championed by its artists and themes that resonate with the current climate, Resonance Works connects the arts to today's audience.

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