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Washington National Opera: Silent Night

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Sunday, November 25, 2018

Washington National Opera

On Christmas Eve at the height of World War I, a spontaneous cease-fire arises between enemy soldiers. Based on the true story and 2005 film, Silent Night features Pulitzer Prize–winning music in multiple languages, capturing humanity and hope amidst a devastating war.

Price

$35 - $199

Run Time

Approx. 2-1/2 hours

About

Behind enemy lines are hearts just like yours.

SIlent Night

Music by Kevin Puts / Libretto by Mark Campbell

Nov. 10e, 14e, 17e, 18m, 20e, 23e & 25m (2018) in the Eisenhower Theater
In English, French, German, Italian, and Latin with Projected English Titles
This production of Silent Night is an original production of the Wexford Festival Opera in partnership with The Atlanta Opera and Glimmerglass Opera

The year is 1914 and the Great War has just been declared, dividing nations and sending millions into battle. As Christmas Eve falls on a battlefield near Belgium, soldiers in French, German, and Scottish trenches begin recalling songs of home, stepping into no-man’s-land for a spontaneous truce. Once sworn enemies, they trade their weapons for merriment and camaraderie—resulting in one miraculous night of peace.

Based on the true story of a wartime ceasefire, and as depicted by the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, Silent Night makes its WNO premiere in the centennial month of World War I’s end. Alumni from our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program join a cast composed entirely of WNO family. Featuring lyrics in multiple languages, the Pulitzer Prize–winning music captures a powerful vision of humanity and hope.

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CAST
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Anna Sorensen:
Raquel González
Nikolaus Sprink:                    
Alexander McKissick
Lt. Audebert:
Michael Adams
Lt. Horstmayer:
Aleksey Bogdanov
Lt. Gordon:
Norman Garret
Kronprinz:
Patrick Cook
Father Palmer:
Kenneth Kellogg
William Dale:
Hunter Enoch
Ponchel:
Christian Bowers
French General: 
Timothy J. Bruno

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CREATIVE TEAM
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Conductor:                 
Nicole Paiement         
Director:                                 
Tomer Zvulun
Associate Director:               
Dan Wallace Miller
Set Designer:             
Erhard Rom
Costume Designer:                 
Victoria Tzykun
Lighting Designer:                 
Robert Wierzel

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COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
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Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. 
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Silent Night.

Most Opera Insights begin 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's Opera Insights, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14 begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last 35–40 minutes.

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POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACKS WITH THE ARTISTS
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Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team. 
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

Silent Night Talkback Dates:
All performances except Nov. 10
 

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