Silent Night

Kevin Puts

30 Nov - 7 Dec 2018

Dates & venue

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

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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