NOVA Center for the Performing Arts -- Billings, Montana

Local Performance History of Amahl and the Night Visitors

History provided by Sharon Harris

Amahl was last performed at American Lutheran January 15 and 16, 2004 and went on tour to two churches in Powell, Wyoming. Performances were a special benefit for Interfaith Hospitality Network IHN in Billings. In Wyoming, Amahl productions benefited for Loaves and Fishes. Dr. Bob Morrison designed puppets for this particular production so there were singers and then large, over-sized puppets to act out the opera. The affect was fascinating.

Billings Symphony Orchestra produced Amahl at the ABT December 17, 1995. Ed Harris sang the role of King Melchior. Krista Marshall was one of the dancers, Nancy Downing was in the shepherds chorus along with Gary Treglown and others. Hall Diteman stage directed and Jeff Boshee designed and built the sets.

Uri Barnea directed the BSO production, Julie Bishop sang the role of Mother, Bret Weston sang the role of King Balthazar.

Larry Nitz, Hall and Ed are gone now.

At the American Lutheran Church production in 2004, Kelly Martin was lighting director and Rev. Linda Rose sang the role of Mother. Tim Tostengard at American Lutheran might have some recollections as well since he and Ed worked together to make this happen.

Amahl was also done around 1967 – 1969 when Julian Patrick was Artist in Residence with Rocky Mountain College and staged at 1st Presbyterian Church. Opera singer Elizabeth Rowen sang the role of Mother.


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Billings, MT 59103
Phone: 406-591-9535