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Opera Philadelphia Welcomes the East Coast Premiere of Pulitzer Prize Winner Silent Night

Philadelphia, PA:  The excitement is building for Opera Philadelphia’s highly anticipated East Coast Premiere of Silent Night, the first opera from American composer Kevin Puts with a libretto by Mark Campbell.  Commissioned by The Minnesota Opera for its November 2011 World Premiere, and co-produced by Opera Philadelphia and Minnesota Opera, the critically-acclaimed new work earned Puts the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music.  Silent Night runs in five performances at the Academy of Music, February 8-17, 2013. Tickets are on sale at 215-893-1018 or operaphila.org.

Silent Night recounts a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history. 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 of stars.

The Pulitzer Prize Board called Silent Night “a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and Germans during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart.” Based on the screenplay for “Joyeux Noël” by Christian Carion for the motion picture produced by Nord Ouest Productions, Silent Night is the first opera written by Puts, an accomplished orchestral composer, and received rave reviews at its world premiere. “With this remarkable debut, Puts assumes a central place in the American opera firmament. Much will be expected from him,” said Opera News.

Silent Night is the second production of Opera Philadelphia’s American Repertoire Program, a commitment to produce an American opera in each of ten seasons starting with this past June’s Dark Sisters.  “We are proud to be producing the East Coast Premiere of Silent Night, an exciting new American work by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, in a magnificent co-production with the Minnesota Opera,” said David Devan, General Director and President of Opera Philadelphia. “It is a moving story, and really offers the finest in opera and theater for today’s audiences. This is the first opportunity to see Silent Night since it so deservingly won the Pulitzer Prize.  We cannot wait to share it.”

Several Opera Philadelphia favorites return for this new work, with acclaimed tenor William Burden starring as Nikolaus Sprink, the drafted opera singer whose voice inspires peace among adversaries, and soprano Kelly Kaduce as his love interest, Anna Sørenson. Burden has performed an array of new and rarely performed works in recent seasons, including the role of Daniel Hill in San Francisco Opera’s Heart of a Soldier and Hippolyt in Phaedra, and he sings the role of Peter in San Francisco’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene in 2013. Kaduce was last seen in Philadelphia as Princess Lan in Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul in 2010.


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