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Weak of Body, Strong of Heart:

November 29, 2006

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    November 29, 2006
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    Opera Carolina News

Weak of Body, Strong of Heart:

Charlotte, NC–Opera Carolina presents the holiday favorite, Amahl and the Night Visitors, December 15th and 16th at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Amahl, and young crippled boy, and his widowed mother find themselves buried in poverty and faced with the shameful prospect of begging for survival. One night, as Amahl sings about the beauty of one particularly large star that is shinning in the sky, three Magi on their way to Bethlehem stop at Amahl's house to ask for rest. They are following the star so that they might bestow gifts on a newborn child. Envious and jealous that another child will receive these gifts while her own son remains hungry and poor, Amahl's mother tries to steal some of the Magi's gold, but is caught by one of the servants. Amahl pleads on behalf of his mother, and they are forgiven. The Magi tell Amahl and his mother who this newborn babe is and the promise that the child will build his kingdom on love alone. Moved by their words, Amahl's mother wishes she could offer the child a gift but laments she has nothing to give. Amahl, however, hands the Magi his most precious possession, his wooden crutch, and in doing so he is miraculously healed of his lameness. Recognizing his blessing, Amahl and his mother set out with the Magi to journey to Bethlehem to give thanks and praise to the Christ Child. Since 1951, this opera has become a holiday classic and has inspired audiences of all ages to find strength in the pure of heart.

Tickets for Amahl and the Night Visitorsare on sale now for $10-$16 and may be purchased at the box office in Founders Hall, over the phone at 704-372-1000, or online at operacarolina.org. Group discounts are available for groups of six or more with a 10% discount on all ticket prices, plus a 7th ticket free! Call the Customer Relations Assistant (704-332-7177 extension 210) to talk about ticket prices, seating availability, and scheduling additional group benefits, such as previews for your group before attending the Opera.

Full cast listings and bios are available at: operacarolina.org/operas. To download images of this production please go to: operacarolina.org/about_media_photos. Current images available include: production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.

This production is made possible by the presenting sponsors: Donald Haack Diamonds and Fine Gems and the Charlotte Observer.

Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, Opera Carolina today is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of over $3.5 million. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire and entertain the region's diverse community through the presentation of excellent Opera, Operetta, Music Theater, and Education & Outreach programs that elevate the quality of life in the Carolinas. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.

Opera Carolina is supported by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc. The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, also supports Opera Carolina. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.

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