"Silent Night," presented by Opera Philadelphia

8 Feb 2013
00:00:00 - 00:00:00
Academy of Music

The critically acclaimed new opera Silent Night, the 2012 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, recounts a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history.

Composer: Kevin Puts
Librettist: Mark Campbell

On World War I’s western front, weapons are laid down when Scottish, French, and German officers defy their superiors and negotiate a Christmas Eve truce. Enemies become brothers as they come together to share Christmas and bury their dead in a moving, dramatic work that features soaring, lyrical melodies and a stellar cast.

Acclaimed tenor William Burden stars as the drafted opera singer whose voice inspires peace among adversaries, with soprano Kelly Kaduce as his love interest, Anna Sørenson. Baritone Troy Cook returns as Father Palmer, the Scottish priest. A host of important debuts are in store, including bass-baritone Craig Irvin as Lieutenant Horstmayer, the German commanding officer; baritone Liam Bonner as Lieutenant Audebert, the conflicted French commander; and baritone Gabriel Preisser as Lieutenant Gordon. Eric Simonson, an Oscar winner and Tony Award nominee, directs the new production, with Maestro Michael Christie at the orchestra podium. For more information and to buy tickets, visit Opera Philadelphia's website here.

Showtimes:

February 8: 8 p.m
February 10: 2:30 p.m.
February 13: 7:30 p.m.
February 15: 8 p.m.
February 17: 2:30 p.m.

Academy of Music
1420 Locust Street
Philadelphia

Photo: Scene from *Silent Night, courtesy of Opera Philadelphia.*