Washington National Opera: Silent Night (Battle Excerpt)

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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 For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/OTOSB

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