Music: Menotti's Hour

Gian Carlo Menotti owes a large part of his fame to television and the fact that Amahl has replaced Tiny Tim as America's favorite Christmas cripple. Though Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951), like Maria Golovin (1958), was written primarily for television, the composer carefully followed all the conventions of stage presentation, and both works have been sung in theaters. But Menotti has finally gone all the way. His latest opera, Labyrinth, commissioned like the others by NBC and shown for the first time this week, would be impossible on the stage....

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