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Silent Night

The story of the 1914 Christmas truce, transformed into a Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by Kevin Puts and performed by Opera North.

The story of the 1914 Christmas truce, transformed into a Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by Kevin Puts and performed by Opera North conducted by Nicholas Kok. With a libretto by Mark Campbell, Silent Night tells of the Christmas Eve when Scottish, French and German front-line troops sang Christmas songs to each other across no man's land and the spontaneous, hesitant cease-fire that followed. Mark Forrest presents from Leeds Town Hall.

Cast:
Anna Sørensen - Máire Flavin
Nikolaus Sprink - Rupert Charlesworth
Lieutenant Audebert - Quirijn de Lang
Lieutenant Gordon - Timothy Nelson
Lieutenant Horstmayer - Richard Burkhard
Ponchel - Geoffrey Dolton
Father Palmer - Adrian Clarke
Jonathan Dale - Alex Banfield
The General - Stephen Richardson
Kronprinz (son of Kaiser Wilhelm II) - Tim Ochala-Greenough
William Dale - Christopher Nairne
Madeleine - Laura Kelly-McInroy
British Major - Dean Robinson

Chorus of Opera North
Students of the Royal Northern College of Music
Opera North Youth Chorus
Soldiers' Chorus - Community Singers

Orchestra of Opera North
Nicholas Kok (conductor)

Photo credit: Tristram Kenton

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Kevin Puts

    Silent Night (Act One)

    Singer: Maire Flavin. Singer: Rupert Charlesworth. Singer: Christopher Nairne. Singer: Alex Banfield. Singer: Adrian Clarke. Singer: Timothy Nelson. Singer: Quirijn de Lang. Singer: Laura Kelly-McInroy. Singer: Stephen Richardson. Singer: Geoffrey Dolton. Singer: Richard Burkhard. Choir: Soldiers' Chorus. Orchestra: Opera North Orchestra. Choir: Opera North Chorus. Singer: Tim Ochala-Greenough. Singer: Dean Robinson. Choir: Opera North Youth Chorus. Choir: Royal Northern College of Music. Conductor: Nicholas Kok.
  • Kevin Puts

    Silent Night (Act Two)

    Singer: Maire Flavin. Singer: Rupert Charlesworth. Singer: Christopher Nairne. Singer: Alex Banfield. Singer: Adrian Clarke. Singer: Timothy Nelson. Singer: Quirijn de Lang. Singer: Laura Kelly-McInroy. Singer: Stephen Richardson. Singer: Geoffrey Dolton. Choir: Opera North Chorus. Singer: Tim Ochala-Greenough. Singer: Dean Robinson. Singer: Richard Burkhard. Choir: Opera North Youth Chorus. Choir: Soldiers' Chorus. Choir: Royal Northern College of Music. Conductor: Nicholas Kok. Orchestra: Opera North Orchestra.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dances Nos 12-15

    Performer: Katia Labèque.
    • PHILIPS.

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