They Spoke Not a Word, but, Got Right to Work
Magi from the East, travel (for two years) guided by a significant astrological event. Along the way (in the opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors) they stop at the home of a poor widow and her son; before finding their way to the chaotic home of Mary, the harried mother of toddler Jesus in Dustin’s dramatic interpretation of the familiar tale.
Paralleling that energetic telling of the journey of the Magi with the somber story of the small French town of Dieulefit, who sheltered and saved its Jewish community from the Holocaust, Dustin calls on us to listen for the silent messengers.
Epiphany, Year W 2023
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- Menotti, Gian Carlo, Frances Frost, and Roger Duvoisin. Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and The Night Visitors. Andrew Dakers Ltd., 1953.
- Obituary: Gian Carlo Menotti, The Daily Telegraph, February 2, 2007.
- Barnes, Jennifer. Television Opera: The Fall of Opera Commissioned for Television. Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press, 2015.
Hymns: Voices Together 267 & 268, What Child is This, music, traditional English, words William C. Dix Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871, and Child of the Poor, words and music – ©1994 OCP Contributors: Scott R Soper, Greensleeves, Scott Soper. Permission to podcast the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-726929. All rights reserved.