A Pulitzer-prize winning opera has opened at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown focusing on a brief respite within the horrors of war.
“Silent Night” depicts the legendary ceasefire that took place between combatants of World War I.
During the Christmas Truce of 1914, Scottish, French and German soldiers came out of their trenches to celebrate the holiday with each other.
They reportedly shared cigarettes, coffee and whiskey; and even played a game of soccer.
Silent Night was written in 2011 by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell.
Director Tomer Zvulum says it’s a poignant examination of the futility of war.
“What is in common for everybody, whether they’re French, German, Italian, Israeli, is the fact that we’re all human beings and we all have families. And the common feeling for anybody involved in the middle of this war, this violence, is the fear of not seeing the ones you love again. At the end of the day, all of us just want to go back home and be with the people that we love,” said Zvulun.
Glimmerglass is staging Silent Night in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of what was hoped would be the War to End All Wars.
It is one of four full productions being presented in repertory.
The others are Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”, Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen,” and Bernstein’s “West Side Story” which is sold out.
Plus other special events including a performance by comedian Bill Murray accompanied by Jan Vogler and Friends.
For more information go to Glimmerglass.org.