The UK premiere of a Pulitzer Prize-winning opera
Inspired by real events, Silent Night tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce, when peace spontaneously broke out between French, German and British troops in the trenches during WWI.
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 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.
Lyrical, cinematic and expressive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning score by American composer Kevin Puts, combined with a multilingual libretto by Mark Campbell, is a deeply emotional work.
Directed by Tim Albery, this UK premiere production will be staged at Leeds Town Hall, as part of a series of events marking the centenary of the end of World War I.
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