"This one-act work is one of those truly rare family works that is immediately accessible on every level—by both children and opera novices—and yet is still meaningful to the most seasoned opera-goers."
- Dennis Polkow, Newcity Stage
"The performance demonstrated the careful attention to detail which Chamber Opera Chicago bestows on all its productions. The parting of mother and son at the work’s close was moving indeed."
- Richard Covello, NIB Foundation
"Miraculously…forever young. It’s comforting to know that a gentle little opera about a lame boy who meets up with three kings can still work its magic on us."
- Opera Magazine
"I loved it. It gave me such a good holiday feeling…it lightened my heart!"
- Patron Post-Show Review
THIS YEAR'S PRODUCTION WILL OPEN WITH THE PREMIERE OF VICTORIA BOND'S NEW ONE-ACT CHILDREN'S OPERA, THE MIRACLE OF HANUKKAH!
There will be a brief intermission following The Miracle of Hanukkah before Amahl and the Night Visitors begins. The total running time of the shows will be 1 hour, 30 minutes including intermission.
The Miracle of Hanukkah is a new opera by composer Victoria Bond and librettist Susan L. Roth, directed by Kyle Dougan. Commissioned by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City which developed the opera in workshops, this December marks the premiere of the fully-staged opera produced by Chamber Opera Chicago. Set in a contemporary high school classroom, the opera tells the story of a boy who experiences his own personal miracle while learning about the historic miracle of Hanukkah. The opera includes traditional Hanukkah songs as well as original music by Bond and artwork by Roth.
“A Hanukkah opera for children is such a wonderfully exciting idea,” said Francisco Núñez, Artistic Director of The Young People’s Chorus. "I feel that children should be exposed to opera. I want them to be engaged in this sophisticated art form. We were so happy to have presented the workshops of this universally appealing new music for parents and their children to enjoy together.”
These popular performances often sell out, so don't wait to order your tickets for our 11th annual production!