Fri 30 November, Sun 2 , Thu 6 - Fri 7 December
Nicholas Kok - conductor
Tim Albery - director
Inspired by real events, Silent Night tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce, when peace spontaneously broke out between French, German and British troops in the trenches during WWI.
German opera singer Nikolaus Sprink, now a soldier, is ordered to perform for the Crown Prince Wilhelm, behind the front line on Christmas Eve, 1914. Back at the front later that night, upon hearing Scottish soldiers singing, Sprink responds with a rousing song, and raises a Christmas tree above the bunker. Yet the moment of hope and humanity that follows proves to be only a brief respite from the futility and horror of the War.
Lyrical, cinematic and expressive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning score by American composer Kevin Puts, combined with a multilingual libretto by Mark Campbell, is a deeply emotional work. Directed by Tim Albery, this UK premiere production is staged as part of a series of events marking the centenary of the end of World War I.
Sung in English, German and French with English titles. Silent Night, based on the screenplay by Christian Carion for the motion picture Joyeux Noël produced by Nord-Ouest Production. Commissioned by Minnesota Opera. A Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative Production. Music by Kevin Puts. Libretto by Mark Campbell. By arrangement with Aperto Press, publisher. Bill Holab Music: Sole Agent.
This event is part of The City Remembers programme.