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.
- Michael Christie
- Stage Director
- Tomer Zvulun
- Set Designer
- Erhard Rom
- Costume Designer
- Vita Tzykun
- Lighting Designer
- DM Wood