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Amahl and the Night Visitors (1978)

TV Movie  |   |  Music  |  24 December 1978 (USA)
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Teresa Stratas ...
Robert Sapolsky ...
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The first telecast of "Amahl" on NBC in twelve years. Because of a dispute over the NBC 1963 production, shot on videotape rather than shown live, composer-librettist Gian Carlo Menotti had refused permission for further telecasts of that production after 1966. See more »


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Amahl and the Night Visitors
(complete opera)
Music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performed by Teresa Stratas, Robert Sapolsky, Giorgio Tozzi, Willard White,
Nico Castel, Michael Lewis and chorus
with The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Jesús López Cobos
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10 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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