Music by Kevin Puts / Libretto by Mark Campbell
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music
"a triumph of contemporary stagecraft"—Opera News
The critically acclaimed new opera Silent Night recounts a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history.
On World War I’s western front, weapons are laid down when Scottish, French and German officers defy their superiors and negotiate a Christmas Eve truce. Enemies become brothers as they come together to share Christmas and bury their dead in a moving, dramatic work that features soaring, lyrical melodies and a stellar cast.
Acclaimed tenor William Burden stars as the drafted opera singer whose voice inspires peace among adversaries, with soprano Kelly Kaduce as his love interest, Anna Sørenson, and baritone Troy Cook returns as Father Palmer, the Scottish priest. A host of important debuts are in store, including baritone Craig Irvin as Lieutenant Horstmayer, the German commanding officer; baritone Liam Bonner as Lieutenant Audebert, the conflicted French commander; and baritone Gabriel Preisser as Lieutenant Gordon. Oscar-winning, Tony-nominated Eric Simonson directs the new production, with Maestro Michael Christie at the orchestra podium.
The production of Silent Night is underwritten by the Wyncote Foundation, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project, and Ms. Barbara August Teichert. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jacob Burns Foundation, Inc.
Silent Night is based on the screenplay by Christian Carion for the motion picture Joyeux Noël, produced by Nord-Ouest Production.
A new co-production with The Minnesota Opera. Commissioned by The Minnesota Opera. By arrangement with Aperto Press, publisher. Bill Holab Music: Sole Agent. Photos courtesy of Michal Daniel for The Minnesota Opera.
At the Academy of Music
Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Estimated Running Time:
Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes including one 20-minute intermission
Performed in English, German, French, Italian, and Latin with English supertitles