The Intimate Opera of Pasadena, in addition to having a good name, has also found a good home: the Pasadena Playhouse, where they will be making their debut this weekend, from the 16th to the 19th, with an intimate production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti about a disabled young liar, Amahl, living near Bethlehem just after the birth of Christ, who has a late night encounter with the Magi. In addition to a performance of this neglected Christmas classic, the IOP has retained the services of Malcolm McDowell, probably best known as Alex, to narrate Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales. A good alternative to the overabundance of Nutcracking Messiashs out there.
Amahl and the Night Visitors
December 16 – 19, 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
$35 – $100; intimateopera.net; 626.274.7342