For $12, today's side deal gets you a general-admission ticket to see Amahl and the Night Visitors at Union Avenue Opera. Choose between the following three performances, and then call the box office to reserve your seat:
- December 10 at 8 p.m.
- December 11 at 5 p.m.
- December 12 at 3 p.m.
One of the most popular American operas, Amahl and the Night Visitors became an instant classic after debuting on live television on Christmas Eve in 1951 and continued to be shown as a Christmas tradition for years after. Set in the first century, the opera tells the story of the disabled shepherd boy Amahl, who one night sees an enormous star over his roof, but is brushed off by his impoverished mother when he tells her about it. The pair is visited by a trio of kings, that is on a journey to follow the star in search of a holy child. With a heart-warming tale of a mother and son's devotion and a gleaming score of encouraging tunes, Amahl and the Night Visitors is a welcoming opera for first-timers and children alike. Operatic beholders can leave the tiara, monocle, and traditional opera vuvuzela at home, as the Union Avenue Christian Church allows attendees to remain casual while relaxing in padded seats and swimming in the church's lovely acoustics and the opera company's top-notch singing.
- Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, seen Friday night at Union Avenue Opera's season opener, is this company at its very best, with W.S. Gilbert's witty words and absurd situations and Sir Arthur Sullivan's memorable tunes and parodies exploited for full comic value. – Sarah Bryan Miller, Post-Dispatch
- The Union Avenue Opera have played their "trump card" with a resplendently dark production of this tragic tale [Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya Dama] – Chris Gibson, Broadway World
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