Washington National Opera To Celebrate WWI Centennial With ‘Silent Night’

By Francisco Salazar

The Washington National Opera will celebrate the centennial of the WWI Armistice with Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera “Silent Night.”

The acclaimed work based on the wartime ceasefire depicted in the Oscar-nominated ” Joyeux Noël” will feature current members and alumni from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and WNO Chorus. The cast will include Raquel González, Michael Adams, Aleksey Bogdanov, Norman Garrett, Kenneth Kellogg, Hunter Enoch, Christian Bowers, Timothy J. Bruno, Michael Hewitt, Alexander McKissick, Arnold Livingston Geis, Joshua Conyers, and Hannah Hagerty in her WNO debut.

The new production will be directed by Tomer Zvulun in his WNO debut and conductor Nicole Paiement will lead at the podium.

The upcoming run of performances will be presented in honor of all Veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition to hosting a Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, Nov. 25, additional discounts to see the production will be offered for active-duty service members for select performances.

“Silent Night” will be performed from Nov. 10 to 25, 2018.