This Christmas Eve, settle in with a cup of egg nog or hot chocolate as Iowa Public Radio brings you a holiday classic, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera and recorded in December of 2013. This one act opera depicts the three Wise Men stopping for shelter at the home of a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, as they journey to find the newborn Child. Soprano Julie Makerov performs the role of the mother, and middle school boy soprano Pierce Mansfield portrays her son, Amahl. Bass-baritone W. Patrick Blackwell, tenor Edwin Griffith, and baritone Todd Thomas sing the roles of the three kings, Balthazar, Kaspar, and Melchior. This special holiday broadcast airs on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. on Iowa Public Radio classical.