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PAGE 5 Opera Coming To Temecula For One Special Night By Carol Malin You will not want to miss the only performance in Temecula of the much-

loved Christmas classic, Amahl and the Night Visitors, presented by the River- side Lyric Opera. Circle, highlight and star December 28 on your calendar. The story of Amahl and the Night Visitors is about a crippled shepherd

boy and his mother who witness a miracle when visited one night by three kings. The kings are on their way to pay homage to the Christ Child and stop at Amahl’s home to rest. Amahl and his mother are poor beggars and are tempted to steal the valuable gifts the kings are bringing to the baby Jesus. After learning from King Melchior that the Holy Child will have no need for wealth or earthly power, Amahl and his mother understand that Christ is the King that they have been waiting for. Amahl offers the only thing he owns, his crutch, to honor Christ. When he does, he is miraculously healed. This is a one act English li-

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formance in Riverside on December 29 at 4PM at The Box, Fox Entertainment Plaza.” Order tickets online at or call (951) 781-

9561 (760) 318-0460. Adults $25; Seniors (60+) $20; Students & Military $15; Children (12 &

under) $8; Wounded Warriors FREE. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Temecula Performance - December 28 at 2PM & 7PM St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 44651 Avenida de Missiones, Temecula,

CA 92592

bretto opera written as a chil- dren’s play by Composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Menotti was com- missioned by NBC to write the opera for a live TV Christmas Eve special in 1951, the debut of the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” show. The opera was such a hit that it was telecast every Christmas season for more than 12 years. It continues to be performed by ensembles across the country today. The role of Amahl is played by 11-year old boy soprano Luke Larson of

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Los Angeles. He has performed in numerous productions and has recorded with the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. This is Larson’s second year playing Amahl with the Riverside Lyric Opera. Amahl’s mother is played by Cynthia Leigh, an accomplished singer and

actor who performs with many noted opera companies and symphonies. Leigh is directing this operatic performance. Recently she sang the role of Leonora in Il Trovatore with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera. The three kings are played by a trio of seasoned opera singers: Terry

Welborn as King Balthazer, Mario Rios as King Kaspar, and John Hansen as King Melchior. Welborn is known for his acting skill as well as his voice and most recently “stole the show” ( as Tonio in Pagliacci. Hansen and Rios are strong performers and are on stage regularly with various opera companies. The Riverside Lyric Opera orchestra, comprised of some of the area’s

finest musicians, will be led for this opera by guest conductor Dr. Stephen Tucker of U.C. Irvine. Tucker holds diplomas from the Vienna Conservatory, International Conductors’ Institute at Hartt School of Music, a BA in music from Thayer Conservatory, and a Master of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from UCLA. “RLO is interested in further developing its productions in the Inland Val-

ley community,” says Alana Joos, Director of Development and Marketing, Riverside Lyric Opera. “We are excited to bring opera back to Temecula where patrons of the arts are longing for sophisticated cultural experiences.” “Bring the entire family to this traditional holiday show,” suggests Joos.

“The story line is touching and the music is delightful. If you cannot attend the December 28 performance in Temecula, we have added a second per-

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