For years, Long Leaf Opera has presented its annual staging of Gian Carlo Menotti's holiday opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. This is the story of a young boy and his desperate mother, who receive a visit from three mysterious men from the East who are en route to visit a certain newborn in a Bethlehem barn. The opera was composed for television in 1951 and requires a male soprano to sing the title role.
This year's production will be the last for the Long Leaf Opera, which is winding up its affairs in the wake of the death in October of the group's co-founder and artistic director, Randolph Umberger Jr. After its April vocal competition, Long Leaf will take its final bow with a June production of A Shipwreck Opera.
Amahl and the Night Visitors completes its two-weekend run Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. —David Fellerath