VIDEO: See New Video From SILENT NIGHT at Washington National Opera
The year is 1914 and the Great War has just been declared, dividing nations and sending millions into battle. As Christmas Eve falls on a battlefield near Belgium, soldiers in French, German, and Scottish trenches begin recalling songs of home, stepping into no-man's-land for a spontaneous truce. Once sworn enemies, they trade their weapons for merriment and camaraderie-resulting in one miraculous night of peace.
Based on the true story of a wartime ceasefire, and as depicted by the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, Silent Night makes its WNO premiere in the centennial month of World War I's end. Alumni from our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program join a cast composed entirely of WNO family. Featuring lyrics in multiple languages, the Pulitzer Prize-winning music captures a powerful vision of humanity and hope.
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Sunday, November 25, 2018