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Purchase Opera Presents Amahl and the Night Visitors December 10-12

Date Released: 11/14/2008

The award winning Purchase Opera presents Giancarlo Menotti's holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors December 10-12 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 general public and $5 for children 12 and under.

Performances are Dec. 10, 11, and 12 at 10:30 AM call 914-251-6232 for tickets.

Evening performance Dec. 12 at 7 PM. Call 914-251-6200 or visit

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

The production features Voice and Opera students from the Conservatory of Music, under the direction of Jacque Trussel, accompanied by members of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hugh Murphy.

This classic opera tells the tale of a crippled boy Amahl and his mother who live among the shepherds of Jerusalem 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 on a starlit night. 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 the turn of every corner.

The Purchase Opera students from the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music Voice and Opera Studies program train to pursue careers in professional classical singing and opera.

The double cast includes: Amahl, Alyssa Meyers and Taylor Kirk; Mother, Emily Klavun, Nadine Kulberg; King Kaspar, Colin Macdonald, Marcos Cuevas; King Melchior, Gabrielle Felippe, Christian Perez; King Balthazar, Said Pressley, Constandinos Tsourakis; Page, Marcos Cuevas, Colin Macdonald.

Director Jacque Trussel is the Chair of Opera Performance and Vocal Studies at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. He is an internationally renowned tenor who has performed over 80 leading roles with more than 50 opera companies throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and l'Opera de la Bastille in Paris, among others.  His Grammy nominated solo CD, Sounds and Sweet Airs, was released to great public enthusiasm and great reviews.  He was named Stage Director of the Year by Classical Singer magazine for 2005 and led the Purchase Opera to three National Opera Association Awards for Best Production 2004, 2005, and 2007 for Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, respectively.

Hugh Murphy has been the Conductor and Music Director of the Purchase Opera since 1999.  Productions under his baton have won first place in the National Opera Association's Opera Production Competition for two consecutive years, and have been favorably reviewed in Opera News magazine.  He made his New York City conducting debut with Apollo's Banquet, an ensemble of dancers and musicians that presents highly acclaimed concerts of eighteenth-century choreographic masterpieces.  He prepares professional vocal artists for their performances with the world's leading orchestras and opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, l'Opera de la Bastille and the Bayerische Staasoper.  A Professor of Music at Purchase College, he coaches voice students and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in German and French art song, Operatic Literature and Styles.