By Francisco Salazar
Pittsburgh’s Resonance Works has announced its programming for December, including holiday classics and a world premiere.
The company will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors” after a two-year hiatus. The work is a beloved tale of hope and generosity that tells the story of a young boy, Amahl, his Mother, and their life-changing encounter with three mysterious strangers on their way to Bethlehem. The cast from Resonance Works’ inaugural production of this holiday favorite returns, with alum Barbara LeMay playing the Mother, and Robert Frankenberry, Daniel Teadt, and Jonathan Stuckey performing as the Three Kings. Evangeline Sereno, a local singer from the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, will play Amahl during the Dec. 18 performance of this new production directed by Kelly Trumbull.
The opera will be paired with Margaret Bonds’ “The Ballad of the Brown King,” a concert cantata for chorus, soloists, and chamber orchestra. The libretto is by the poet Langston Hughes and will feature the versatile vocal talents of Pittsburgh-based opera, classical, and jazz singer Anqwenique Kinsel.
The program also features a newly commissioned work from Pittsburgh-based composer Nancy Galbraith and librettist Sara Stock Mayo, as part of the Decameron Opera Coalition’s streaming holiday album, DOC the Halls. The holiday performances take place at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood.
The works will be performed from Dec. 16 to 18, 2022.