Amahl and the Night Visitors

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Fifty years ago tonight, NBC aired the first opera ever commissioned for television. It was a Christmas opera for children, and it was performed live. Composer Gian Carlo Menotti wrote the opera, and he says he drew heavily from his own childhood in Italy. Host Robert Siegel speaks with Menotti, who is now 90 years old, about the opera and its impact on contemporary opera and television.



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