Learn more about the World War I Christmas Eve Truce during the opera 'Silent Night'

Nov 22, 2013

This opera recounts the true story of the World War I Christmas Eve truce. For one magical evening on December 24, 1914, French, German and Scottish soldiers laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration reflecting the peace, fellowship and humanity of the season. Based on the Academy Award-nominated film Joyeux Noel, this two-act production was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera and premiered in November 2012 to national acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts. With a libretto by Mark Campbell, Silent Night is sung in French, English, German, Italian and Latin with English subtitles.

'Silent Night' airs on Friday, December 13th at 9:00 p.m.

The opera Silent Night recounts a miraculous moment of peace during WWI, when Scottish, French and German officers defied their superiors and negotiated a Christmas Eve truce. Pictured: Liam Bonner, Gabriel Preisser, Craig Irvin.