Amahl and the Night Visitors
Chet Allen (Amahl) and Rosemary Kuhlmann (Amahl's mother)
From a press photo - “Composer Gian-Carlo Menotti leans intently towards Chet Allen, 12, during rehearsal of Menotti’s opera which was performed on Christmas Eve. Critics acclaimed the young soprano, who played the role of the crippled boy, saying that he helped bring television “of age” musically. Chet, who hails from Columbus, Ohio, says he won’t make definite plans about his singing career until his voice changes."
Preparing for the big night
The First Amahl
The New York Times, December 25, 1951 (Click on images to enlarge.)
Life Magazine, December 1952
The Three Kings (from left to right) : King Balthazar (Leon Lishner), King Kaspar (Andrew McKinley), and King Melchior
Rosemary Kuhlmann in a 1955 press photo
Menotti's inspiration for Amahl and the Night Visitors, "The Adoration
of the Magi" by Hieronymus Bosch
The 1951 broadcast of Amahl and the Night Visitors, with an introduction by Gian Carlo Menotti.
"Don't Cry Mother Dear", also known as "Amahl's Aria", sung by Chet Allen