One Christmas Long Ago (In Concert)

An opera in one act

Words & Music by William Mayer

New York Premiere

Metro Baptist Church

410 W. 40th Street

New York, NY

December 11, 2015

7:30 PM

Producer: Ardea Arts

Director: Grethe Barrett Holby

Producing Director: Gloria Parker

Music Director: Saffron Chung
Length: 1 hour



Older Brother                                                                      TBD

Young Brother                                                                    Sarah Nicole Batts

Countess                                                                             Julianne Borg

Beggar Woman                                                                   Melissa Parks Mezzo So

Minister/Sculptor                                                               John Easterlin

Parsley the Page/King                                                       Dimitrie Lazich

Old Man/Rich Merchant                                                     Ron Lloyd

One Christmas long ago in a far-away country, there stood a giant cathedral with a bell tower so high it was veiled in a mist. Around these bells had grown through the years a legend and a ceremony: only when a very special gift was given did the bells ring, and then of their own accord, their delicate tones pealing down through the clouds. At the time of our story they had not been heard within human memory.

Two small boys journey through the snowy countryside excited to celebrate the Christmas festivities at the Cathedral and offer their gift to the Christ child. Along the way they find beggar woman half frozen in the snow and must decide whether to continue their journey, or offer aid. What happens next is a Christmas miracle – born of a selfless act in the name of another…