Silent Night

Kevin Puts (b. 1972)

24, 27, 30 October | 2 November, 2014

Silent Night by Kevin Puts (b. 1972) will receive its European premiere at Wexford.

Silent Night was commissioned by Minnesota Opera and first performed in 2011 to great critical acclaim. In 2012 it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music. The opera’s multilingual libretto by Mark Campbell was inspired by the 2005 film Joyeux Noël about the spontaneous 1914 Christmas truce between enemy combatants in 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 is his first opera and tells the stories of French, German and Scottish soldiers caught up in war, and the humanity that is shown as they lay down their weapons and join in the singing with its message of peace.

With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland

Presented with the support of the American Friends of Wexford Opera

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

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

Cast

The German Side
Nikolaus Sprink
Chad Johnson
Anna Sorensen
Sinéad Mulhern
Lieutenant Horstmayer
Philip Horst
Kronprinz
Alex Tsilogiannis
 
The Scottish Side
Johnathan Dale
Alex Sprague
William Dale
Ian Beadle
Father Palmer
Quentin Hayes
Lieutenant Gordon
Gavan Ring
British Major
Koji Terada
 
The French Side
Lieutenant Audebert
Mathew Worth
Poncel
Quirijn de Lang
General Audebert
Scott Wilde
Madeleine Audebert
Kate Allen
Gueusselin
Jamie Rock

Creatives

Conductor
Michael Christie
Stage Director
Tomer Zvulun
Set Designer
Erhard Rom
Costume Designer
Vita (Vita) Tzykun
Lighting Designer
DM Wood
 

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