Presentations November 5, 8, 11 and 13 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Free tickets to Veterans Day performance available for all active military and veterans
The Atlanta Opera presents Silent Night, a story of the historic, spontaneous Christmas truce between French, Scottish and German soldiers during World War I, in the North American debut of a new production. The Pulitizer Prize-winning opera (in 2012, for music) by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell is based on the Oscar-nominated 2005 film Joyeux Noël. Both the opera and the film retell the true events from the front lines of World War I in 1914, when, on Christmas Day, French, British and German soldiers put their weapons down and emerged from their trenches to share cigarettes and brandy, exchange gifts and join together to play a friendly soccer match. Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera, will direct. Nicole Paiement makes her Atlanta Opera debut as conductor. Craig Irvin portrays Lt. Horstmayer, David Blalock sings the role of Nikolaus Sprink and Ava Pine sings Anna Sorenson, the love interest of Sprink.
Performances will be November 5, 8, 11 (Veterans Day), and 13, 2016 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Single tickets are on sale now starting at $35 and can be purchased online at atlantaopera.org or by calling 404-881-8885. The opera will be performed in English, German, French, Italian and Latin with English supertitles.
“This is a profoundly moving operatic performance on a cinematic level. Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell have created a powerful experience that will remain engraved in the audiences’ minds for a long time. The production itself packs the punch of an IMAX experience. The combination of the music and the visuals are truly bigger than life” said Zvulun. “I look forward to once again working on this opera, which I originally directed in Wexford. This is a story of peace and humanity at a time with so much strife and conflict all over the world. We need an uplifting story like this here in Atlanta, in the U.S. and around the world.”
All active military and veterans may obtain two complimentary tickets to the performance at 8 p.m. on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, by calling 404-881-8885. Additional tickets may be purchased for $35 each.
Discounted and free tickets will be offered on election night, Tuesday, November 8, to voters who come displaying their “I Voted” sticker.
Telephone patron services: 404-881-8885