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. Phillip Addis, Craig Irvin, and Gabriel Preisser portray opposing military officers struggling to cope with war’s atrocities.

 

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).

 

VIEW THE TRAILER FROM THE SILENT NIGHT WORLD PREMIERE AT THE MINNESOTA OPERA:

Photos: Opera Philadelphia, Dominic Mercier/Kelly & Massa

IN THE NEWS
7.22.14 Classical Voice North America: Puts’ Silent Night Gleams Darkly At Cincinnati Opera
7.15.14 WVXU: Creativity in Chaos
7.11.14 CityBeat: Stage Door: Opera, Dinner Theater and More
7.7.14 Cincinnati Enquirer: Silent Night creators to speak, discuss opera
7.7.14 Cincinnati Enquirer: Q&A: 3 baritones at center of Opera’s Silent Night
7.4.14 WVXU’s “Around Cincinnati”: Composer Kevin Puts discusses Silent Night with Anne Arenstein
6.1.14 Express Cincinnati: Cincinnati Opera Premieres Silent Night
6.1.14 Senior Life: Pulitzer Prize winning opera commemorates World War I
6.6.14 Cincinnati Enquirer: Fun Facts: Guide to this summer’s Opera season
6.6.14  WCPO: Cincinnati Opera packs a year of variety into two summer months
5.25.14 CET Connect: Showcase with Barbara Kellar: Evans Mirageas discusses the 2014 season

REVIEWS
“… Silent Night was nothing short of breathtaking.” -Cincinnati Enquirer
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“…a total, and in so many ways, new encounter with the magic of opera.” -Oakwood Register
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“Puts’ Silent Night Finds Light in the Darkness” -Music in Cincinnati
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