Silent Night in the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer

04 Feb 2013


Tenor William Burden stars in Opera Philadelphia’s East Coast premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night. Photo by Michal Daniel.

Opera Philadelphia's 2013 production of Silent Night received media attention in the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Co-produced with the Minnesota Opera, which hosted the premiere in 2012, Silent Night is the story of a group of French, German, and Scottish soldiers on the Western Front in World War I who defy orders and enact a brief truce to celebrate Christmas together. Kevin Puts, who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music for Silent Night, composed the score as an adaptation of the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, directed by Christian Carion.

Anthony Tommasini of the Times remarked that the score "balances turmoil with introspection in a way that keeps drawing you into a story that could easily turn sentimental." Read more >

"Though any opera about the spontaneous World War I Christmas Eve truce is bound to wield a certain power, this one seemed to capture the audience as thoroughly as La Boheme, and could easily reach a music-theater crowd thanks to sure pacing and multimedia theatricality," said David Patrick Stearns, music critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more >