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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.

Running Time

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 


  • Nikolaus Sprink, an opera singer Rupert Charlesworth
  • Anna Sørensen, his lover Máire Flavin
  • Lieutenant Horstmayer Richard Burkhard
  • Father Palmer Adrian Clarke
  • Jonathan Dale Alex Banfield
  • Lieutenant Gordon Timothy Nelson
  • Lieutenant Audebert Quirijn de Lang
  • Ponchel Geoffrey Dolton
  • The General Stephen Richardson
Creative Team
  • Conductor Nicholas Kok
  • Director Tim Albery
  • Set and Costume Designer Hannah Clark

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Find Us

Leeds Town Hall
The Headrow

Important Information

Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

  • There is full wheelchair access to Leeds Town Hall through the entrance at ground level at the front of the building. 
  • A number of spaces in the auditorium are reserved for wheelchair users.
  • There are accessible toilet facilities at all levels.
  • Support dogs are welcome. 
  • If you would like any further information on facilities for patrons with disabilities, please call 0113 395 0322. 

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.

  • The nearest secure parking is available at The Light (accessible via Great George Street). Price: £6.50 between 5.30pm-12.00am
  • 24 hour, 7 days a week parking is available at Woodhouse Lane car park. Price: £2 for 2 hours, £3 for 3 hours, £4 for 4 hours, £5.50 for 12 hours
  • On-street parking is also available. Price: £2 between 6.00pm-8.00am
  • We advise patrons travelling by car to leave as much time as possible for parking

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). 

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 403 7007

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.

Download Menu | Book via email or call 0113 242 8094 and quote 'pre-opera menu'

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