Amahl, cut from finer cloth than those eye-rolling movies, tells of an imaginary boy whose high spirits belie both the stark poverty in which he and his mother live and his disability: He is lame in one leg and walks with a crutch. Yet he has retained a loving heart and a generous spirit, both of which are key to the story. In addition to the brilliant puppetry by Paul Mesner (who designed and built the life-sized rod puppets, controlled from below), the Lyric has assembled a fine cast of singers, largely from its Resident Artist Program.
At the heart of opening night was the luscious singing of Aubrey Odle, whose warm, plummy mezzo-soprano lent authenticity and pathos to the role of the Mother. Young Delilah Rose Pellow sang Amahl with a crystal-bright voice and a remarkable knack for pitch.
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