Forest Hill Presbyterian presents Christmas opera
The classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors will be performed at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Gian-Carlo Menotti's Christmas opera tells the story of Amahl, a disabled boy with a habit of telling imaginative tales. When Amahl and his impoverished mother are visited by three kings, faith and forgiveness lead to an emotional miracle.
In keeping with Menotti’s request that Amahl always be played by a boy, not a young adult, 10-year-old Henry Dyck again will sing the role of Amahl, alongside his own mother, soprano Lara Troyer, as Amahl’s mother.
Troyer, a former associate artist with Cleveland Opera, is on the voice faculty at Kent State University, and her recent roles include solos with the Akron Symphony.
Forest Hill Church Music Director Anne Wilson describes Dyck as having perfect pitch and uncommon skill in jazz improvisation. “The duets he sings with his mother will bring a tear to the eye of every listener,” she said.
Other Amahl performers include Cleveland Heights residents Carl Jenks and Jack Lentz, along with Mist’a Craig, Frank Ward and accompanying oboist Cynthia Watson. Dyck's younger sister, 8-year-old Margaret, plays a shepherd in the opera.
Forest Hill Church is located at 3031 Monticello Blvd. For additional information, call 216-321-2660 or visit www.fhcpresb.org.
Peg Weissbrod is a freelance writer and publicity coordinator for Forest Hill Church in Cleveland Heights.