Silent Night

November 10-18 

Music by Kevin Puts | Libretto by Mark Campbell

Based on the screenplay by Christian Carion
For the motion picture Joyeux Noël produced by Nord-Ouest
Commissioned by MN Opera as part of its New Works Initiative

A Moment of Peace in the Midst of War

MN Opera’s international sensation makes its homecoming, honoring the centennial of World War I’s conclusion. Recounting a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history, Scottish, French, and German officers defy their superiors and negotiate a Christmas Eve truce. The Pulitzer Prize-winning music underscores the yearning, despair, and hope of the soldiers living in the trenches. Silent Night masterfully juxtaposes the bombastic sounds of war with serene songs from home, and stands as a heartfelt hymn to our common humanity.

Language

Sung in English, German, French, Italian, and Latin with English translations above the stage

Runtime

Approximately two hours and 28 minutes with one intermission

Warning

This production contains theatrical haze, strobe lighting, loud explosions, gunshots, and simulated cigarette smoking.

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
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Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
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Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
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Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Silent Night Production Photography

© Dan Norman
© Dan Norman

Kevin Puts on Silent Night

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Karin Wolverton

Soprano Karin Wolverton sat down with us to talk about stepping back into the role of courageous opera singer Anna Sørensen in Silent Night and her favorite things about spending the holidays in Minnesota.

Synopsis

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Prologue

Late summer, 1914. War is declared. At a Berlin opera house, the announcement disrupts the careers and personal lives of international opera singers Anna Sørensen and Nikolaus Sprink.

Composer Biography

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Kevin Puts

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his debut opera Silent Night, Kevin Puts has been hailed as one of the most important composers of his generation …

Director's Notes

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Eric Simonson

Stage Director Eric Simonson outlines the recreation and inspiration behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night

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