Award-Winning Opera Silent Night Recounts WWI Christmas Eve Truce
Minnesota Opera’s production of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, a company commission which earned its composer the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, airs on KET this week.
Minnesota Opera presented the world premiere of Silent Night in November, 2011 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was composed by Kevin Puts with libretto by Mark Campbell. The opera recounts a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history.
On WWI’s western front, Scottish, French and German officers defy their superiors and negotiate a Christmas Eve truce. Enemies become brothers as they share Christmas and bury their dead. William Burden starred as the soldier whose voice inspired peace – if only for a day.
The opera is based on the Academy Award-nominated film Joyeux Noel. Silent Night is sung in French, English, German, Italian and Latin with English subtitles
• Friday, Dec. 13 at 10/9 pm CT on KET