South Texas Lyric Opera, the Rio Grande Valley’s premier opera company and sponsored in part by South Texas College, marks the holiday season with its fifth annual performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”

Fully staged with a live orchestra, the story centers on Amahl, who is a poor, crippled shepherd boy living with his widowed mother. They encounter the three kings destined to visit the newborn Christ and through the course of the tale, the young boy is cured of his lameness because of his selflessness.

At one hour in length and performed in English, one performance will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Cooper Center located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. A second performance takes place on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre (HPAT) located at 1209 Fairpark Blvd. in Harlingen. General admission tickets are $25. Discounted tickets are available for students and senior citizens for $15.

“This is a story appealing to children of all ages, with magical themes and glorious music,” said Dr. Mazias de Oliviera, founder and artistic director of STLO. “It was written specifically for young imaginations that can easily relate to a child with a head full of dreams. This is a great event for the entire family with uplifting themes of hope, which is particularly important in this day and age.”

Tickets can be purchased at Art Village, 800 N. Main, Suite 300 in McAllen, or call to reserve tickets in McAllen at 956-872-6478 or in Harlingen at 956-421-7529.

Cast:

Artistic Director and Conductor - Dr. Mazias de Oliveira

Amahl - Magda Ballester, Sopranino

Amahl’s Mother - Madeline Elizondo, Mezzo-Soprano

King Kaspar - Xavier Jaramillo, Tenor

King Melchior - Creighton Brown, Baritone

King Balthazar - Vincent Hardy, Baritone

The Page - Luis Alfonso Lopez, Baritone

Shepherds Chorus - South Texas Lyric Opera Chorus

South Texas Lyric Opera Orchestra - Musicians from the Rio Grande Valley area