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Date Released: 12/4/2006

The award-winning Purchase Opera presents Giancarlo Menotti’s holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors December 6-10 in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. Tickets are $15 general public and $5 for children under 16; cash or check only, payable at the door. Tickets can also be reserved by calling the Conservatory of Music at 914-251-5925.

Performances are December 6, 7 & 8 at 10:30 AM, December 8 & 9 at 8 PM, and December 9 & 10 at 2:30 PM.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

The production features Voice and Opera students from the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music, under the direction of Jacque Trussel.

This classic opera tells the simple tale of a poor crippled boy, Amahl, and his mother who live among the shepherds and are visited by three kings who are on their way to pay homage to a newborn child in Bethlehem. Despite their poverty, Amahl and his mother open their meager home to the kings. What happens next is nothing less than a miracle.

Amahl and the Night Visitors explores definitions of poverty and love, the search for spiritual identity, and reminds us to be thankful for the grace that comes to us at every corner.

Jacque Trussel, Chair of the Voice and Opera Studies program, received the 2005 Stage Director of the Year Award from the nationally acclaimed Classical Singer magazine.  He is an internationally renowned tenor who has performed leading roles with more than 50 opera companies throughout the world including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and l’Opéra de la Bastille in Paris. As a director he has staged more than a dozen new productions in the U.S. as well as having made his directorial debut in Europe with a much-heralded new production of Strauss’ Salome. At Purchase College, he has directed Dialogue of the Carmelites, Hänsel und Gretel, The Merry Widow, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, among others.

Purchase Opera won the National Opera Association’s Opera Production Competition in 2004 for its production of Hänsel und Gretel and in 2005 for its production of Dialogue of the Carmelites.