Menotti: Amahl & the Night Visitors / Loddgard, Vienna Symphony

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Premiered in 1951, ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ was the first opera specifically composed for television, though Gian Carlo Menotti admitted that he had conceived it for the stage. The magical story tells of Amahl, a disabled boy who befriends the Three Kings when they stop at his house on their journey to see the newborn Jesus. Amahl decides to give his crutch to Jesus, at which point his leg is miraculously healed. Long a Christmas favourite, this new Viennese production, sung in German, boldly re-examines the story finding its key elements to be fantasy, empathy and the enduring power of love.


...the cast under Magnus Loddgard’s baton is good. Boy soprano Tempu Ishijima is outstanding in the title role, incredibly touching but not mawkish, and as his mother, Dshamilja Kaiser has a strong mezzo.

-- Opera Now

Product Description:

  • Release Date: December 15, 2023

  • Catalog Number: NBD0175V

  • UPC: 730099017565

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti

  • Conductor: Magnus Loddgard

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Wiener Symphoniker

  • Performer: Tempu Ishijima, Dshamilja Kaiser, Paul Schweinester, Nikolay Borchev, Wilhelm Schwinghammer


  1. Amahl and the Night Visitors

    Composer: Gian Carlo Menotti

    Ensemble: Vienna Symphony, Arnold Schoenberg Choir

    Performer: Tempu Ishijima (Boy Soprano), Dshamilja Kaiser (Mezzo-Soprano), Paul Schweinester (Tenor), Nikolay Borchev (Baritone), Wilhelm Schwinghammer (Bass)

    Conductor: Magnus Loddgard