Inland Empire Events | A Night at the Opera


Riverside Lyric Opera opens its 2013-14 season with three performances of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti, directed by Cynthia Leigh. Under the musical direction of Dr. Stephen Tucker from UC Irvine, the opera, in English, features a cast of seasoned professional opera singers accompanied by a live orchestra.

Principal roles are played by Luke Larson (Amahl), Cynthia Leigh (the Mother), Mario Rios (King Kaspar), John Hansen (King Melchior), Terry Welborn (King Balthazer) and James Cameron (the Page).  Additional cast members include a chorus of shepherds. Menotti’s music is delightful with a plot line that features a crippled shepherd boy and his mother who witness a miracle when visited by the three Wise Men on their way to Bethlehem.  This is a Christmas classic the whole family can enjoy.  Artist bios and photos are available upon request.

Performances are slated for Saturday, Dec. 28th at 2 pm and 7 pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 44651 Avenida de Missiones, Temecula, CA 92592 and again on Sunday, Dec. 29th at 4 pm at The Box, Fox Entertainment Plaza, 3635 Market St., Riverside, CA 92501.

Riverside Lyric Opera’s 2013 – 2014  season will also include a pairing of two light operas, “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Gianni Schicchi,” on May 1st, 2014, at Old Town Temecula Community Theater and again on May 3rd at 7:00 pm in Riverside.

Tickets are $25 Adults, $20 Seniors (60+), $15 Students & Military and $8 for children 12 and under and may be purchased online at or at the door. Call 760-318-0460 for more info.  Admission is free for Wounded Warriors (with ID). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. VIP seats are $50 each.

About Riverside Lyric Opera:   Riverside Lyric Opera, now in its 11th season, is a Riverside based, professional regional opera company whose mission is to enrich lives through music, community development and educational programs that involve the Inland Empire communities in all aspects of the art.

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