Puts: Silent Night
Kevin Puts is one of America’s most exciting and important composers. His first opera, Silent Night, with a libretto by Mark Campbell, was commissioned by Minnesota Opera. It premiered in 2011 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. A work profound and sweeping emotional power, it has since entered the modern operatic repertoire with remarkable speed, enjoying world-wide performances. The opera is based on Christian Carion’s screen-play for the 2005 French war film Joyeux Noël, and its fictionalized subject is the series of Christmas truces on the Western Front in 1914.
As we have already heard in his orchestral works, Puts is a highly compelling and innovative orchestrator, and here he is equally compelling in the field of opera where he works within the conventions of solos, duets and choruses. They are then brought together by the British-born conductor, Courtney Lewis. It is not the type of story you can enjoy, but the opera, which takes two hours, must rank amongst the most outstanding staged in recent times. Add to this the ideally balanced recording, and it becomes self-recommending. The twin disc comes with English. This, and the slim two disc jewel case with notes on the artists, is then presented in a cardboard box.
– David's Review Corner (David Denton)
Catalog Number: 8669050-51
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Kevin Puts
Conductor: Courtney Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Minnesota Opera Chorus, Minnesota Opera Orchestra
Performer: Andrew Wilkowske, Charles Eaton, Christian Sanders, Christian Thurston, Danielle Beckvermit, Edward Parks, Joshua Jeremiah, Karin Wolverton, Miles Mykkanen, Nicholas Davis, Stephen Martin, Troy Cook, William Clay Thompson