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Kevin Puts

Kevin Puts (Photo © by David White)

 

“Once your enemy ceases to be faceless, are they still your enemy?” asks Kevin Puts, who composed the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, which opens at Washington National Opera on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice that ended Word War I. Based on the 2005 French film, Joyeux Noël, the opera, with libretto by Mark Campbell, recounts the true story of spontaneous ceasefires that broke out Christmas eve 1914 among British, French and German troops.  Washington National Opera presents the DC premiere of a chamber version of Silent Night, featuring past and present members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists program.  Silent Night continues at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater November 10 through 25. Kennedy-Center.org