Based on the screenplay by Christian Carion
For the motion picture Joyeux Noël produced by Nord-Ouest Production
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.
Sung in English, German, French, Italian, and Latin with English translations above the stage.
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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