A war. A night. A truce.
A deeply moving story, inspired by the film Joyeux Noël, by Christian Carion, this stirring plea for peace premiered in 2011, went on to win audience acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music. Featuring some of today’s finest Canadian singers in the main roles: Marianne Fiset, Philippe Addis, Joseph Kaiser, Daniel Okulitch.
December 24, 1914: French, German, and Scottish soldiers defy their superiors and make peace. Overnight, enemies become brothers, celebrating Christmas together. The following morning, will they be able to resume fighting?
Production : Scenery, properties, costumes and media files for this production are owned by the Minnesota Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Fort Worth Opera. Based on the screenplay by Christian Carion fopr the motion picture Joyeux Noël produced by Nord-Ouest Production. Commissioned by Minnesota Opera. A Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative Production. Music by Kevin Puts ; Libretto by Mark Campbell, by arrangement with Aperto Press, publisher, Bill Holab Music : Sole Agent
Anna Sørensen Marianne Fiset / Nikolaus Sprink Joseph Kaiser / Lieutenant Audebert Phillip Addis / Lieutenant Gordon Alexander Hajek / Lieutenant Horstmayer Daniel Okulitch / Ponchel Alexandre Sylvestre / Kronprinz Aaron Sheppard / Madeleine Audebert France Bellemare / General Audebert Jeremy Bowes / Father Palmer Tom Goertz / William Dale Jeffrey Sirrett / Jonathan Dale Christopher Henns / British Major Chad Louwerse / Conductor Michael Christie / Stage Director Eric Simonson / Fight Choreographer Doug Scholz-Carlson / Sets Francis O’Connor / Costumes Kärin Kopischke / Lighting Marcus Dilliard / Projections Andrzej Goulding / OdM Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain
A dynamic and “user-friendly” introduction to the performance. Hosted by musicologist Pierre Vachon, this get-together is like a journey into the heart of the work’s music and history, its libretto and its symbols, the production’s artists, etc.
- Language: in French with brief summary in English.
- Duration: 30 minutes
- Place: Piano Nobile, salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
- Time: 6:30 pm
- Cost: Free for subscribers ; $5 for general public
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