The first U.S. production of "Amahl" to actually be filmed; all previous productions had either been telecast live or on videotape. This was also the first production of the opera in which any part of it was filmed on location in the Holy Land. See more »
I thought the film was very satisfying.I was tickled to see Williard White as Balthazzar, and Teresa Stratas portrayed the Mother with perfection. The little boy was okay, but his voice was blatant at times. The interpretation of the score was excellent also, tempo and all. The only problems I had were 1): the interior of the house was a little small and made those scenes feel cramped; 2): the cinematography was not not great. Surely they could have done a better job with that, and 3): the sound was in mono. I suppose it was recorded that way, but again, they could have tried harder.
All in all, a very satisfying film and a good introduction to this classic opera.
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