Rave Reviews for SILENT NIGHT


"Silent Night, a tautly paced and involving work, opened a five-performance run… the academy was packed, and the audience responded with a sustained ovation."–Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times


Opera Philadelphia's East Coast Premiere of Kevin Puts' Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night is a hit with both critics and audiences, receiving rave reviews and thunderous ovations following two weekend performances. Don't miss your opportunity to experience the music The New York Times calls "at once mystical and elusive, spiritual and dangerous." Two performances remain: on Friday, Feb. 15 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2:30 p.m.


What the Critics Are Saying About Silent Night

“‘Opera Philadelphia,’ a new name to go along with an increasingly ambitious profile… they’re increasingly taking chances, offering unusual and new work along with repertory staples, and carving out a place for themselves as proponents of American opera…for those accustomed to the New York-DC operatic axis it was a refreshing change of pace and scale.”–Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

"everything about the Kevin Puts/Mark Campbell opera - the piece, the performances, the production - was bulletproof."–David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"this score, conducted with supple pacing and vitality by Michael Christie, balances turmoil with introspection in a way that keeps drawing you into a story that could easily turn sentimental."–Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“… a score that is tinged with dissonance but deeply melodic, at times reminiscent of Britten, Poulenc, even Puccini.”–Mike Silverman, The Associated Press

"With each turn of the revolving stage, something fresh is learned about the people trapped in the war that couldn't possibly end all wars."–Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

“From the first note out of the pit orchestra to the final strains of the last act, Silent Night, presented by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, was a tour de force – from conception to execution.”–Gale Martin, Bachtrack

“Kevin Puts managed to create an ensemble opera without bring-down-the-house arias that is still tremendously accessible.” –Emily Gundelsberger, Philadelphia City Paper


Listen to a conversation about Silent Night on Radio Times

On Friday, February 8, Silent Night composer Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell and tenor William Burden joined WHYY-FM’s “Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane” for a one-hour discussion of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera. It is a fascinating conversation about war, peace, music and humanity.  



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