From Publishers Weekly
The honored composer tells the story of his most famous opera, inspired by his own miraculous recovery from lameness as a child. A poor, crippled boy Amahl and his mother are dazzled by the three kings on the way to Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve. Amahl's mother welcomes the royal sojourners who rest in the small, bare house where love and faith work miracles during the night. Wonders appear to mesmerize the reader on every page, glorified by Lemieux's paintings. In color, in feeling, the illustrations are so right that one all but sees and hears the opera in performance. Menotti's wit and reverence are reflected in the artist's visions, creating a classic Christmas book.
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About the Author
Gian Carlo Menotti was born in 1911 in a mountain village in northern Italy. He began composing at age five and had written his first opera before he was eleven. As a little boy, he was miraculously cured of lameness by a pilgrimage to the nearby Sactuary of Sacro Monte. This was the genesis for Amahl and the Night Visitors
, the first opera ever commisioned for television.
Mr. Menotti is the composer of twenty operas, including The Consul and The Saint of Bleecker Street, both of which won Pulitzer Prizes. In 1958, he founded The Festival of Two Worlds, a celebration of the arts in Spoleto, Italy, with counterparts in Charleston, South Carolina, and Melbourne, Australia.
For his lifetime achievement in the arts, Mr. Menotti recently recieved the Kennedy Center Honors award. He lives in Scotland.
Michele Lemieux was born in Quebec in 1955 and has worked as an illustrator of books and magazines in Toronto, Paris, Freiburg (Germany), and Montreal, where she now lives. An artist with a considerable reputation in Europe, her adaptation of Peter and the Wolf and her illustrated version of There Was an Old Man. . . , by Edward Lear, have recently been published by Morrow.