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30 Nov - 7 Dec 2018
Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell (2011) | UK Premiere
Inspired by a true story, as depicted in the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, Silent Night tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce, when peace spontaneously broke out between French, German and Scottish troops in the trenches during the First World War.
Lyrical, cinematic and expressive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning score by American composer Kevin Puts is combined with a multilingual libretto by Mark Campbell to create a richly textured, deeply affecting contemporary work.
German opera singer Nikolaus Sprink, now a soldier, is ordered to perform for the Crown Prince Wilhelm, behind the front line on Christmas Eve, 1914. Back at the front later that night, upon hearing some of the Scottish soldiers singing, Sprink responds with a rousing song, and raises a Christmas tree above the bunker. Yet the moment of hope and humanity that follows proves to be only a brief respite from the futility and horror of the War.
Conducted by Nicholas Kok and directed by Tim Albery, the British premiere production of Silent Night will be staged at Leeds Town Hall, as part of a series of events in Leeds marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Supported by generous gifts from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, The Holbeck Charitable Trust and the Opera North Future Fund.
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes
Sung in English, German and French with English titles
Silent Night, based on the screenplay by Christian Carion
for the motion picture Joyeux Noël produced by Nord-Ouest Production
Commissioned by Minnesota Opera
A Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative Production
Music by Kevin Puts
Libretto by Mark Campbell
by arrangement with Aperto Press, publisher
Bill Holab Music: Sole Agent
Leeds Town Hall
Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)
Leeds Town Hall is conveniently located in the centre of Leeds, next to Leeds Central Library and Leeds City Art Gallery. It is a five minute walk from both the rail and bus stations and a ten minute drive from the M1 and M62 motorways.
Choose from these fantastic pre-performance dining options and make your experience complete!
Explore the pre-theatre menu (available Monday to Saturday 5.00-6.30pm) or a la carte menu at Iberica, Leeds' authentic Spanish dining experience, just a three minute walk from Leeds Town Hall. Turandot bookers can also enjoy a complimentary glass of cava when ordering from either menu on presentation of ticket (day of performance).
Veritas Ale & Wine Bar
Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 2 minute walk from Leeds Town Hall, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.