Mercy Opera Rochester will be performing “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” which centers on the travels of the Three Kings, at two churches in Monroe and Livingston counties.
The production will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Matthew Church, 6591 Richmond Mills Road, Livonia, and at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at St. Mary Church, 15 St. Mary’s Place, Rochester. The production also will travel to Buffalo Dec. 23 for a performance at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave.
The story involves the Three Kings, who, during their journey to Bethlehem, stop at the destitute home of a widowed shepherd woman and her crippled son, Amahl. The hourlong one-act opera was written for television by Gian Carlo Menotti and was designed to appeal to young audiences and opera novices in addition to opera fans. Livonia Intermediate School sixth-grader Ryan Nation, who plays Amahl, is a St. Matthew parishioner.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 13. Tickets are available in advance by mail from Mercury Opera Rochester, 300 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610, and in Rochester at Parkleigh and Borders Books and Music Stores in Henrietta and Victor. Tickets also will be available at the door.