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Washington National Opera: Silent Night

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

Holidays The Human Journey Washington National Opera

As Christmas Eve falls on a World War I battlefield, enemy soldiers step into no-man's-land for one miraculous night of peace. 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.

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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 The Glimmerglass Festival. This reorchestration of Silent Night was commissioned by Opera Parallèle and Washington National Opera.
Orchestration by Jacques Desjardins

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.

Performance Timing: Act One - 70 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act Two - 45 min.

NOTE: This performance is recommended for audience members age 12 and up and contains gunshot effects.

"This might be the single most exciting production in North America all year. The Pulitzer Prize-winning opera hasn’t been performed as regularly as it deserves which means that this is as must-see as it gets." Opera Wire


Anna Sorensen:
Raquel González
Nikolaus Sprink:                    
Alexander McKissick
Lt. Audebert:
Michael Adams
Lt. Horstmayer:
Aleksey Bogdanov
Lt. Gordon:
Norman Garrett
Jonathan Dale:
Arnold Livingston Geis
Patrick Cook
Father Palmer:
Kenneth Kellogg
William Dale:
Hunter Enoch
Christian Bowers
British Major:
Joshua Conyers
French General: 
Timothy J. Bruno
Madeleine Audebert:
Hannah Hagerty
German General:
Michael Hewitt


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

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.

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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