SAN JOSE, CA — One of the most inspiring operas in decades, Silent Night recounts the miraculous day of peace during WWI when Scottish, French and German soldiers negotiate an unofficial cease fire, a Christmas Eve truce, among themselves. The soldiers, bloodied from battle and mourning their dead, are moved to celebrate Christmas, as a carol begins, floating softly over no man’s land to celebrate Christmas. Opera San José presents six performances of this deeply significant opera at the California Theatre from February 11-26. (Click here for event information.)
Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Silent Night, will join Opera San José for the opening, speaking about this brilliant contribution to modern opera at a series of discussions on February 10, and for a reception following opening night on February 11.
Opera San José’s presentation will be a new production of Silent Night, with sets, props, costumes, and projections created by the company.
“I am thrilled to be creating this new production of Silent Night for Opera San José,” said director Michael Shell. “I think the opera’s examination of the experiences the men had in the trenches of WW1 poses questions of why we go to war, who benefits, and ultimately, the cost.” [Read More]