Silent Night – UBC OPERA

Silent Night


NOVEMBER 3, 8, 9 — 7:30 P.M. | NOVEMBER 4 — 2:00 P.M. THE OLD AUDITORIUM

NOVEMBER 5–8 SYMPOSIUM: Featuring guest speaker Lieutenant-General, The Honourable Romeo Dallaire

NEW! OPERA & FINE DINING at SAGE! Three-course prix fixe dinner is $39.50, available to Opera ticket holders only, and you’ll meet some of the Opera Ensemble as they reprise arias from the performance. Seatings available Nov 3, 4 & 9. You can add on dinner before the performance – or, after the performance on Sundays.

About the Opera:The UBC Opera Ensemble joins forces with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra under the baton of Guest Conductor Robert Wood and the stage direction of Nancy Hermiston, for a presentation of Puts’s opera Silent Night for four performances, November 3–4 and 8–9, 2018, onstage at The Old Auditorium.

The Story: The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Award-winning Silent Night, composed in 2011, is an opera in two acts recounting the remarkable true story of the 1914 Christmas Truce: a spontaneous cease-fire experienced by Scottish, French, and German soldiers during World War I. Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell were inspired by the 2005 film Joyeux Nöel (directed by Christian Carion and produced by Nord-Ouest Production). With an impressive versatility of styles, Silent Night has been widely performed across North America following its premiere at Minnesota Opera.

The Music: His first foray into the operatic genre, Kevin Puts’s Silent Night has been an immense success both critically and popularly. With compelling symphonic sections reminiscent of sweeping film soundtracks, transcendent choral sections, intimate heartbreaking arias, engaging folk songs, and flowing melodies throughout, this score holds something for every listener. The way the music serves the drama truly represents the best contemporary opera has to offer.

The Production: Robert Gardiner designs the stunningly eerie set and Jeremy Baxter brings his dramatic lighting design to this powerful opera. Stage director Nancy Hermiston tells the story of how amidst the horrors and inhumanity of WWI, “an art form could destroy the idea of war for a moment.” Guest Conductor Robert Wood joins the UBC Opera Ensemble to lead this masterpiece of 21st century opera.

The Cast: The internationally-renowned Canadian tenor Richard Margison as Kronprinz joins the UBC Opera Ensemble whose members have come to UBC from across Canada and around the world.

From November 5–8, a Symposium will be held in conjunction with the opera performances, featuring the following topics: War-Related Trauma Stress Injuries: Lessons Learned Across Time; The Veteran’s Personal Experience of the Injury and Recovery Process; WWI – Canada Comes of Age; The Contributions of First Nations in the Canadian Forces – WWI, WWII and Present Day; Finding Freddy Lee – the Forgotten Soldier of Hill 70; The Healing Arts; and Wartime Sexual Violence – Experiences of Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On November 8, Lieutenant-General, The Honourable Romeo Dallaire (Ret’d) will be the guest speaker at the Symposium.

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