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Caleb Flowers, of Clover, plays the crippled shepherd boy and Emily Byrne, of Chapel Hill who teaches voice in Halifax County, plays his poor mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The Christmas musical opens Thursday evening at The Prizery arts center. / December 10, 2012
Emily Byrne is the epitome of the disciplined, hard-working performer. Couple that work ethic with a highly trained vocal and acting talent, and you have a performer worthy of any stage.

Byrne will sing the role of Amahl’s mother in Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” running at The Prizery this week, Dec. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 and 16 at 3 p.m. Byrne has a head start on the rest of The Prizery cast, having performed the role of the mother last Christmas with the Long Leaf Opera Company in Chapel Hill, N.C. She recently finished her Bachelor of Music degree at UNC-Greensboro with a concentration in vocal performance.

Currently teaching voice at The Prizery, Byrne has a passion for all things vocal, ranging from musical theatre to Sacred, and loves teaching and particularly encouraging young singers. She loves the beautiful music written the soprano.

“I must dispel this idea that opera is no longer relevant,” she says of ‘Ahahl.’ “Opera isn’t just Valkyries and people yelling in a foreign language. It tells our story. It highlights humanity and all of its beauty and fragility. It’s why I love it and want my students to understand and hopefully appreciate it.”

The public is invited to bring the entire family to “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and celebrate the miracle of Christmas with friends and neighbors at The Prizery. Enjoy the beautiful music, sets, lights and costumes and Emily Byrne’s passion for a beautiful piece of theatre.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” was first performed on television as the premier broadcast of the Hallmark Hall of Fame on Dec. 24, 1951. It was written by Gian Carlo Menotti, who is known in America as the founder of the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is performed in one act with a duration of 49 minutes. The singers are accompanied by violin, viola, cello, oboe, piano and percussion.

Tickets for “Amahl and the Night Visitors” can be purchased at The Prizery box-office 434-572-8339 or online at

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