Silent Night

Kevin Puts

30 Nov - 7 Dec 2018

Dates & venue

The true story of the 1914 Christmas truce

Inspired by real events, Silent Night is a dramatic opera that tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce, when peace spontaneously broke out in the trenches during World War I.

A gruelling battle is being fought between German, French and Scottish soldiers. Each has a cross to bear and a story to tell. On Christmas Eve, 1914, German opera singer Nikolaus Sprink, now a soldier, is ordered to perform behind the front line. Back at the front later that night, upon hearing Scottish soldiers singing, Sprink responds with a rousing song, and midway through a bagpiper begins to accompany him. Nikolaus raises a Christmas tree as a gesture of friendship and the soldiers move slowly, cautiously towards each other.

Feel the incredible power of 100 male operatic voices alongside the acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North against a projected backdrop of original footage. The cinematic Pulitzer Prize-winning score by American composer Kevin Puts, to words by Mark Campbell, is a deeply emotional experience. This UK premiere staged at Leeds Town Hall is part of a series of events in the city marking the centenary of the end of World War I.

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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

From £10 to £47.50
  • Leeds Town Hall

Kevin Puts

Mark Campbell

Running time
2 hours 30 minutes approx.

Sung in English, French and German with English titles

Supported by
The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
The Holbeck Charitable Trust
Opera North Future Fund


Máire Flavin

Anna Sørensen

Rupert Charlesworth

Nikolaus Sprink

Quirijn de Lang

Lieutenant Audebert

Timothy Nelson

Lieutenant Gordon

Richard Burkhard

Lieutenant Horstmayer

Geoffrey Dolton


Adrian Clarke

Father Palmer

Alex Banfield

Jonathan Dale

Stephen Richardson

The General

Tim Ochala-Greenough


Christopher Nairne

William Dale

Laura Kelly-McInroy


Dean Robinson

British Major

Creative team

Nicholas Kok


Tim Albery


Hannah Clark

Set and costume designer

Thomas C. Hase

Lighting designer

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