In conjunction with the highly anticipated East Coast Premiere of Silent Night, the critically-acclaimed new American opera from composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, Opera Philadelphia will present an exciting array of public programs.  


Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.
National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Silent Night, Kevin Puts has been hailed as one of the most important composers of his generation. Join OPERA America for an evening of performances from his works, including excerpts from Silent Night, followed by a discussion with the composer and a reception. Singers Angela Mortellaro and Christopher Tiesi from the Silent Night cast will be joined by composer Kevin Puts at the piano for the evening. Watch the Salon Series video.
Art of the American Soldier Kiosk
February 8-17, 2013
Academy of Music
Opera Philadelphia partners with the National Constitution Center to explore the combat soldiers’ experience in times of war.  Art of the American Soldier, a major NCC exhibition in 2011, unveils powerful works of art created by American soldiers in the line of duty. Drawn from the U.S. Army's rarely seen collection of over 15,000 paintings and sketches, the exhibition showcases the artistic response of soldiers from World War I through the present day. This intimate, first-hand insight into the soldier experience can be viewed at an interactive kiosk installed in the Academy of Music lobby for patrons to before curtain and at intermission.  
Opera Overtures
February 8-17, 2013
Academy of Music
Opera ticketholders can warm up for Silent Night with a pre-curtain lecture in the Academy of Music before each performance.  These FREE, informal talks are held one hour before every performance and will enhance your appreciation of all the operas you see this season. This event is free to all Silent Night ticketholders for the day listed on their ticket. 
Silent Night: From Screen to Stage
Monday, February 11, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, PA
Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night was based on the 2005 Academy Award nominated film Joyeux Noël. Selections from the film will be shown while the corresponding scenes from the opera will be performed. Silent Night cast members soprano Angela Mortellaro, baritone Gabriel Preisser, and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel will be joined by tenor Christopher Tiesi and baritone Eric Dubin.  This event is part of Reform Congregation Kenneseth Israel's Community Concert Series. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or by sending a check to KI Music Arts; 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. For more information on this event, visit or call 215-887-8700.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Academy of Music
Journey behind the curtain of Silent Night during this FREE, family-based educational day at the Academy of Music. Children and their grownups can discover the world of opera and get in touch with their inner diva or divo through activities geared towards kids ages 5–10. PNC Arts Alive Family Day at the Opera promises a chance to walk on the time-honored stage of the Academy of Music and an opportunity to conduct the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as stage combat demonstrations, visits to the stars’ dressing rooms and more. Entrance times at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Learn more and register
Warrior Writers
February 17, 2013
Academy of Music
Opera Philadelphia will partner with Warrior Writers, a national organization based in Philadelphia which provides performance opportunities to war veterans and encourages them to express their experiences through poetry, spoken word performances, video, photography, art and more.  Warrior Writers will be on hand at each Silent Night performance to perform a brief selection at each Opera Overtures talk and at the Taste of Opera on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
Contemporary Heroes: In Conversation with Today’s Veterans
Sunday, February 17, 2013 – 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Academy of Music Rehearsal Hall
Following the final performance of Silent Night, join us in the Academy of Music Rehearsal Hall to for a performance by the acclaimed artists from Warrior Writers and conversation about heroism, serving one’s country, and the contemporary soldier experience. Opera Philadelphia is honored to have veterans from Warrior Writers and the City of Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission participate in this conversation.  This free event is open to the public.