Amahl and the Night Visitors

Produced by Rhodd Caldwell

Auditions September 30 at the Newport PAC

Porthole Players is collaborating with The Newport Symphony Orchestra to bring Gian Carlo Menotti's holiday opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors" to the Newport stage. Auditions will be held Sunday September 30th at the Newport Performing Arts Center, from 2 pm - 5 pm. Performance dates for "Amahl" are December 8th and 9th, and rehearsals will begin in mid-October.

Director Bonnie Ross and producer Rhodd Caldwell are thrilled to be bringing this beautiful, heartwarming production to the Newport community and expect that "Amahl" will become an annual holiday event. For those unfamiliar with this show, it's not an "opera" in the traditional sense of Mozart or Puccini; rather, it's a sung one-act play. The story relates what happens when a widow - broken down by poverty - and her son are visited by the Three Wise Men on their journey to Bethlehem. This was the first opera ever written for national television, and had its premiere live on Christmas Eve, 1951.

We ask that auditioners prepare approximately one minute – or about 32 bars – of a song they're comfortable singing, and be prepared to read some of the dialogue of the opera as if it were a play. An accompanist will be available. In addition, auditioners will be asked to prepare very short segments of the opera—either solos for the principal roles, or about 16 bars of the choral parts (materials available on this page in the side bar to the right).

This production will need five major adult roles and a chorus of shepherds and shepherdesses, strong and independent singers who can hold their own a cappella. Folks who are comfortable doing musical theatre or choral singing should have no problems preparing for and performing in "Amahl." We look forward to seeing you on September 30th!


The Mother Soprano or mezzo soprano; lives modestly with her son, skeptical about his claim that kings are at the door. Must be able to convey both her love for her son and her desperation of having nothing with which to support him.
King Kaspar Tenor; an older man, bothered by deafness (and a bit of a comic)
King Melchior Baritone; the leader of the three Kings; wise, gentle
King Balthazar Bass or bass-baritone; mysterious, regal, a bit distant
The Page Baritone; servant to the Kings
Chorus Shepherds and shepherdesses—strong, independent singers who can hold their own a cappella

A Holiday Classic!

Preparing for Auditions

Below are music selections for each role with links to MP3 audio files you can download or listen to online, and PDFs of that portion of the musical score.

The Mother
All That Gold: music  |  score  |  full song

King Kaspar
This Is My Box: music  |  score

King Melchior
Oh Woman, You Can Keep the Gold
music  |  score

King Balthazar
Thank You Good Friends: music  |  score

Three King Trio
From Far Away We Come: music  |  score

The Page
Thief! Thief!: music  |  score

Good Night My Good Kings: music  |  score
(intro by King Balthazar)