It’s Christmas Eve 1914 in the trenches of the Western Front during World War I. Both sides are bloodied from combat, fighting for survival, and grieving their dead. Silent Night is based on the true story of an impromptu cease-fire. Moving from bunker to bunker, it tells the stories of men who are not just pawns of war, but people with children, wives, and lives at home. On this precious night of peace and hope, enemies lay down their arms to come together to share Christmas.
OGSA will introduce you to this 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell in free previews on February 25 at 2:00pm in Oro Valley and March 1 at noon in Tucson. Directions. Our narrator is mezzo-soprano Kaitlin Bertenshaw. She will be joined by tenor Nicky Manlove and bass/baritone Jordan Murillo, both students from the UA opera program, in selections from the opera, accompanied by pianist Dr. Kyungsun Choi.
After experiencing this preview you will want to attend the complete Arizona Opera Co. performance.