Amahl and the Night Visitors at Grace Church

Every year I attend the Grace Church performance of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. I grew up listening to this opera at Christmas, to hear it now makes me feel … like life goes on forever. I remember snippets of the holiday from my childhood, my grandparents, our house in Huntington, tinsel (never used now due to cats). Sigh.

Here’s a very short video I made of their performance 7 years ago, in 2014!! I really am a creature of habit. Another nice thing, attendees get a poinsettia out of it! The church invites the audience up onto the altar afterwards to help themselves to a plant. The green one (once red) was from last year, the red one was this year’s.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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