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Silent Night
Buy TicketsJuly 10 & 12 • 7:30 p.m.
Music Hall

Music by Kevin Puts
Libretto by Mark Campbell


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Christmas Eve, 1914, Europe’s Western Front.

Bloodied from battle and mourning the dead, soldiers lament a seemingly endless war. As evening sets in, a carol begins, floating softly over the trenches. One voice becomes many, and would-be enemies lay down their arms to celebrate a precious night of peace and hope.


THE OPERA

Cincinnati Opera proudly honors the centenary of World War I with Silent Night, an inspiring new opera drawn from true events and based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël. The Associated Press hailed Kevin Puts’s sweeping score as “reminiscent of Britten, Poulenc, and even Puccini.”

Our extraordinary ensemble features Thomas Blondelle as Sprink, a German opera singer conscripted into fighting, who reaches across the trenches with song. Erin Wall, possessing a voice of “radiance, pristine beauty, and tingling top notes” (Financial Times), is Anna, Sprink’s beloved. Philip Addis, Craig Irvin, and Gabriel Preisser portray opposing military officers struggling to cope with war’s atrocities.

 

Thomas-Blondelle-sized Erin-Wall-sized Phillip-Addis-sized Craig-Irvin-sized
Thomas
Blondelle

Nikolaus
Sprink
Erin Wall
Anna
Sørensen
Phillip Addis
Lt. Audebert
Craig Irvin
Lt. Horstmayer
Gabriel-Preisser-sized Andrew-Wilkowske-sized Thomas-Glenn-sized Thomas-Cooley-sized
Gabriel
Preisser

Lt. Gordon
Andrew
Wilkowske

Ponchel
Thomas
Glenn

Jonathan Dale
Thomas
Cooley

Kronprinz


RUNNING TIME
An opera in two acts
The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes (including intermission).