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Silent Night

Kevin Puts (b. 1972)

24, 27, 30, October  
02, November  

O'Reilly Theatre

"Balancing turmoil with introspection in a way that keeps drawing you in..."

New York Times

Commissioned by Minnesota Opera, Silent Night was first performed in 2011 to great critical acclaim and in 2012 won Kevin Puts a Pulitzer Prize. The opera’s multilingual libretto (by Mark Campbell) was inspired by the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, about the spontaneous Christmas truce between enemy combatants during the First World War. Its core message is that war is not sustainable when you come to know your enemy as a person.

Kevin Puts, from St Louis, Missouri, is regarded as one of the most important composers of his generation. Silent Night, his first opera, tells the stories of French, German and Scottish soldiers who find themselves caught up in the war, and who rediscover their humanity as they lay down their weapons and sing messages of peace.

Presented with the support of the American Friends of Wexford Opera with the support of the French Embassy in Ireland.

The Dr Tom Walsh Lecture will be delivered by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell, composer and librettist of Silent Night on 25 October at 11:00 am.

Joyeux Noël, the film that inspired Silent Night, will be screened in the Jerome Hynes Theatre in Wexford Opera House at 10:30 am on the days of the Silent Night performances. There is no charge but tickets must be booked through the Box Office.

Sung in English, French, German, Italian and Latin.

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Elavon
  • The German Side

  • Chad Johnson

    Nikolaus Sprink

    Biography

    Chad Johnson

    Nikolaus Sprink

    Tenor, U.S.A.

    Previous Engagements: Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Savannah VOICE Festival); Nikolaus Sprink (Silent Night, Kevin Puts, Fort Worth Opera); Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de perles, Bizet, Opera Carolina).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Nemorino (L’Elisir d’amore, Donizetti, Eugene Opera); Jaquino (Fidelio, Beethoven, Opera Omaha).

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  • Sinéad Mulhern

    Anna Sorensen

    Biography

    Sinéad Mulhern

    Anna Sorensen

    Soprano, Ireland

    Previous Engagements: Marquise de Merteuil (Quartett, Francesconi, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra de Lille); Governess (The Turn of the Screw, Britten, New Israeli Opera, Central City Opera); Jenůfa (Jenůfa, Janáček, Wiener Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Leonore (Fidelio, Beethoven, Salzburger Landestheater); Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden); Soloist (Recital, Various, Opéra de Lille).

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  • Philip Horst

    Lieutenant Horstmayer

    Biography

    Philip Horst

    Lieutenant Horstmayer

    Bass-Baritone, U.S.A.

    Previous Engagements: Wozzeck (Wozzeck, Berg, New Israeli Opera); Pizarro (Fidelio, Beethoven, English National Opera); Gamekeeper (Rusalka, Dvořák, Lyric Opera of Chicago).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Scarpia (Tosca, Puccini, Seattle Opera); Tortsheiner (Enemies: A Love Story (world premiere), Moore, Palm Beach Opera); Panthée (Les Troyens, Berlioz, San Francisco Opera).

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  • Alexandros Tsilogiannis

    Kronprinz

    Biography

    Alexandros Tsilogiannis

    Kronprinz

    Tenor, Greek

    Previous Engagements: Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Regents opera); Cassio (Otello, Verdi, Opera på Skäret, Sweden).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto, Verdi, Opéra Nomade, Paris); Tenor soloist (Messiah, Handel, Anglican church in Monte Carlo).

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  • The Scottish Side

  • Alexander Sprague

    Johnathan Dale

    Biography

    Alexander Sprague

    Johnathan Dale

    Tenor, United Kingdom

    Previous Engagements: Ywain (Gawain, Birtwistle, Salzburg Festival); Albert (Albert Herring, Britten, Opera North); Electrician (Powder her face, Adès, English National Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Gaston (Die tote stadt, Korngold, Nantes Opèra and Opèra National de Lorraine); Mozart Requiem (CBSO orchestra at Birmingham Symphony Hall).

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  • Ian Beadle

    William Dale

    Biography

    Ian Beadle

    William Dale

    Baritone, United Kingdom

    Previously at WFO: Belcore (L’elisir d'amore, 2013)

    Previous Engagements: Jake Wallace (La Fanciulla del West, Puccini, Opera Holland Park); Quinault (Adriana Lecouvreur, Francesco Cilèa, Opera Holland Park); Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell, OperaUpClose).

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  • Quentin Hayes

    Father Palmer

    Biography

    Quentin Hayes

    Father Palmer

    Baritone, United Kingdom

    Previously at WFO: Manz (A Village Romeo and Juliet, Delius, 2012); Metiffio (L’Arlesiana, Cilèa, 2012).

    Previous Engagements: Ping (Turandot, Puccini, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Ford (Falstaff, Verdi, English National Opera); Mereia/ Lepidus (Caligula, Detlev Glanert, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Nachtigal (Die Meistersingers, Wagner, English National Opera); Soloist, (Dream of Gerontius, Elgar, Winchester & Gloucester Cathedrals).

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  • Gavan Ring

    Lieutenant Gordon

    Biography

    Gavan Ring

    Lieutenant Gordon

    Baritone, Ireland

    Previously at WFO: Oompa Loompa (The Golden Ticket); Marcello (La Bohème).

    Previous Engagements: Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera, Mozart, Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Schaunard (La Bohème, Puccini, Opera North); Hartmann (Fantasio, Offenbach, Opera Rara).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Baritone Solo (War Requiem, Britten, Ulster Orchestra/RTÉ Concert Orchestra); Manuel (La Vida Breve, De Falla, Opera North); Figaro (The Barber of Seville, Rossini, Opera North).

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  • Koji Terada

    British Major

    Biography

    Koji Terada

    British Major

    Baritone, Japan

    Previously at WFO: Ser Amantio di Nicolao (Gianni Schicchi); Bustamente (La Navarraise).

    Previous Engagements: Figaro Cover (Le nozze di Figaro, W.A. Mozart, Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku opera project XII); Malatesta Cover (Don Pasquale, Donizetti, Glyndebourne).

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  • The French Side

  • Mathew Worth

    Lieutenant Audebert

    Biography

    Mathew Worth

    Lieutenant Audebert

    Baritone, U.S.A.

    Previous Engagements: Father Flynn (Doubt (World Premiere), Douglas J. Cuomo, Minnesota Opera); Starbuck (Moby Dick, Jake Heggie, Washington National Opera); Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, New Orleans Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Raymond Shaw (The Manchurian Candidate (World Premiere), Kevin Puts, Minnesota Opera); Zurga (The Pearl Fishers, Bizet, Dayton Opera); JFK (JFK (World Premiere), David T. Little, Fort Worth Opera).

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  • Quirijn de Lang

    Poncel

    Biography

    Quirijn de Lang

    Poncel

    Baritone, Netherlands

    Previously at WFO: Laski (Le Roi malgré lui, Chabrier, 2012)

    Previous Engagements: Le Comte d’Arlange (Vert-Vert, Offenbach, Garsington Opera); Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten, Opera North); Pantalon (L’Amour des trois oranges, Prokofiev, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Netherlands Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: The Count (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Opera North); Schaunard (La Bohème, Puccini, Grange Park Opera); The Flamenco Singer (La Vida Breve, De Falla, Opera North).

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  • Scott Wilde

    General Audebert

    Biography

    Scott Wilde

    General Audebert

    Bass, U.S.A.

    Previous Engagements: Daland (Der Fliegender Holländer, Wagner, Scottish Opera); Rocco (Fidelio, Beethoven, Teatro Lirico de Cagliari, Opéra de Tours); Trulove (The Rake’s Progress, Stravinsky, Opéra National de Paris, Staatsoper Berlin).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart, Welsh National Opera); Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy, Welsh National Opera).

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  • Kate Allen

    Madeleine Audebert

    Biography

    Kate Allen

    Madeleine Audebert

    Mezzo-Soprano, Ireland

    Previous Engagements: Suzuki (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Castleton Festival); Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia, Britten, Merola Opera); Alto Solo (9th Symphony, Beethoven, La Fenice, Venice).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Alto Solo (Elijah, Mendelssohn, Our Lady's Choral Society, National Concert Hall).

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  • Jamie Rock

    Gueusselin

    Biography

    Jamie Rock

    Gueusselin

    Baritone, Ireland

    Previously at WFO: Officier Municipal (Thérèse, 2013); Papageno (Die Zauberflöte, 2012); Szlachcic (Maria, 2011); Second Boy (Trio) (Trouble in Tahiti, 2011).

    Previous Engagements: Masetto (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Regents Opera); Filip Burgrave (cover) (Jakobin, Dvořák, Buxton Festival Opera); Schaunard (La Bohème, Puccini, Silent Opera / British Youth Opera / Opera North West).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Schaunard (cover) (La Bohème, Puccini, English Touring Opera); Incognito (cover) (L'Assedio di Calais, Donizetti, English Touring Opera); Soloist (Shackleton's Cat, ETO Education, English Touring Opera).

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  • Michael Christie

    Conductor

    Biography

    Michael Christie Team

    Conductor

    U.S.A.

    Previously at WFO: Conductor (Ghosts of Versailles, John Corigliano).

    Previous Engagements: Conductor (Fanciulla del West, Giacomo Puccini, Minnesota Opera); Conductor (Picture of Dorian Gray, Lowell Liebermann, Aspen Music Festival); Conductor (27, Ricky Ian Gordon, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Conductor (Manchurian Candidate, Kevin Puts, Minnesota Opera); Conductor (Carmen, Georges Bizet, Minnesota Opera); Conductor (Silent Night, Kevin Puts, Opéra de Montréal).

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  • Tomer Zvulun

    Stage Director

    Biography

    Tomer Zvulun Team

    Stage Director

    Israel

    Previous Engagements: Director (La Bohème, Puccini, Seattle Opera); Director (Falstaff, Verdi, Wolf Trap Opera); Director (Lucrezia Borgia, Donizetti, Buenos Aires Lirica).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Director (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Atlanta Opera); Director (Semele, Handel, Seattle Opera); Director (Rigoletto, Verdi, Boston/Atlanta/Omaha).

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  • Connor Hanratty

    Assistant Director

    Biography

    Connor Hanratty Team

    Assistant Director

    Ireland

    Previously at WFO: Director (Losers, Wargo, 2013); Assistant Director (Cristina, regina di Svezia, 2013).

    Previous Engagements: Director (Harp | A River Cantata, Lane, Ulysses Opera Theatre, Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014); Assistant Director (Madama Butterfly, Puccini, Glimmerglass Festival 2014); Director (Opera Briefs – Saints and Sinners, Carissimi, Dove, O’Connell, RIAM, The Lir, Project Arts Centre).

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  • Erhard Rom

    Set Designer

    Biography

    Erhard Rom Team

    Set Designer

    U.S.A.

    Previous Engagements: Set Designer (Nixon in China, John Adams, San Francisco Opera); Set and Projection Designer (Susannah, Carlisle Floyd, San Francisco Opera); Set and Projection Designer (La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini, Seattle Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Set and Projection Designer (Semele, Handel, Seattle Opera); Set Designer (Carmen, Georges Bizet, Minnesota Opera); Set and Projection Designer (Madama Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini, Atlanta Opera).

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  • Vita (Vita) Tzykun

    Costume Designer

    Biography

    Vita (Vita) Tzykun Team

    Costume Designer

    Ukraine (USSR)

    Previous Engagements: Set Designer (Euryanthe, Carl Maria von Weber, Bard SummerScape, NY); Set & Costume Designer (Salomé, Richard Strauss, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia); Costume Designer (Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi, Boston Lyric Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Costume Designer (Semele, George Frideric Handel, Seattle Opera); Set Designer (R.U.R (world premiere), Jan Jirásek, State Opera, Prague); Set Designer (MASS, Leonard Bernstein, The Philadelphia Orchestra).

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  • DM Wood

    Lighting Designer

    Biography

    DM Wood Team

    Lighting Designer

    Canada

    Previous Engagements: Lighting Designer (Norma, Bellini, San Francisco Opera); Lighting Designer (La Favorite, Donizetti, Oper Graz); Lighting Designer (The Importance of Being Earnest, Barry, Northern Ireland Opera).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Lighting Designer (Anna Bolena, Donizetti, Lyric Opera of Chicago); Lighting Designer (Norma, Bellini, Gran Teatre Del Liceu); Lighting Designer (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Bergen Nasjonale Opera).

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  • James Cosgrave

    Fight Director

    Biography

    James Cosgrave Team

    Fight Director

    Ireland

    Previous Engagements: Fight Director (The Mariner, Hugo Hamilton, The Gate Theatre); Fight Director (My Cousin Rachel, Daphne du Maurier, The Gate Theatre); Fight Director (Shawshank Redemption, Adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns, The Gaiety Theatre).

    Forthcoming Engagements: Stunt Performer (Vikings, Various, History Channel).

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