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Silent NightUK Première

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Leeds Town HallLeeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS1 3AD, United Kingdom
2018 November 30 19:00, December 02 16:00, December 06 19:00, December 07 19:00
Puts, Kevin (b. 1972)Silent Night (Semi-staged)
Opera North
Nicholas KokConductor
Tim AlberyDirector
Hannah ClarkSet Designer, Costume Designer
Máire FlavinSopranoAnne Sorensen
Rupert CharlesworthTenorNikolaus Sprink
Quirijn de LangBass-baritoneLieutenant Audebert
Timothy NelsonBass-baritoneLieutenant Gordon
Richard BurkhardBaritoneLieutenant Horstmayer
Geoffrey DoltonBaritonePonchel
Adrian ClarkeBaritoneFather Palmer
Alan BanfieldTenorJonathan Dale
Stephen RichardsonBassGeneral Audebert
Tim Ochala-GreenoughTenorKronprinz
Christopher NairneBaritoneWilliam Dale
Laura Kelly McInroyMezzo-sopranoMadeleine Audebert
Dean RobinsonBassBritish Major
Orchestra of Opera North
Chorus of Opera North
Royal Northern College of Music Chorus

Sung in English, French and German, with English titles

Inspired by a true story – as depicted in the 2005 film Joyeux NoëlSilent Night tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce, when peace spontaneously broke out between French, German and Scottish troops in the trenches during the First World War. Lyrical, cinematic and expressive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning score by American composer Kevin Puts is combined with a multilingual libretto by Mark Campbell to create a richly textured, deeply affecting contemporary work.

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 some of the 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.

Directed by Tim Albery, this U.K. premiere production of Silent Night will be semi-staged at Leeds Town Hall, as part of a series of events in Leeds marking the centenary of the end of WWI. 

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