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The WCSU Opera Ensemble’s December 2008 production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” marked the 14th annual presentation of the holiday classic for the enjoyment of theatre-goers in western Connecticut.

Since 1995 the WCSU Opera Ensemble has shared with regional audiences the holiday gift of this one-act, English-language opera by Gian-Carlo Menotti, based on the story of an impoverished and crippled shepherd boy’s encounter with the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem and the heart-warming outcome of their chance meeting. Professor of Music Dr. Margaret Astrup served again in 2008 as director and producer for the performances, which featured live orchestral music and two separate casts of WestConn student and community actors performing the principal roles. “This opera is the quintessential holiday family opera with its message of generosity and giving,” Astrup observed.