Arts & Culture

UK Opera Theatre's 'Silent Night' Takes the Stage on Armistice Centennial

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UK Opera Theatre will present "Silent Night" Nov. 9-11, at Singletary Center for the Arts.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2018) As "Silent Night" commands the Singletary Center for the Arts stage this weekend, history will be made.

Not only is University of Kentucky Opera Theatre beginning its 2018-19 season with an opera related to the Great War during the centennial of World War I on the Armistice Centennial and during the weekend leading up to Veterans Day, it will also mark the first time a college has been given the honor of performing the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera.

UK Opera Theatre is pleased with the vote of confidence in the company to present such a celebrated opera. “This production is sure to be a meaningful and memorable experience and we are lucky to have such talented students, faculty and staff here at UK Opera Theatre to offer you a world class performance experience right here in Lexington,” said UK Opera Theatre Director Everett McCorvey.

Based on events from World War I, “Silent Night” is an internationally popular opera that recounts the incredible story of a spontaneous ceasefire on the battlefield in Belgium between German, French and Scottish soldiers on Christmas Eve in 1914. The award-winning music by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell thread together the emotions of hope, yearning and despair experienced by the soldiers living in the trenches.

UK Opera Theatre’s production is directed by Richard Gammon. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, he has previously directed shows for UK Opera Theatre and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Louisville.

"Silent Night" will command the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Singletary Center.

Tickets for “Silent Night” are $55-45 for the general public and $50-40 for seniors based on location. Student tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased through the Singletary Center ticket office, by phone at 859-257-4929, online at or in person at the venue. All applicable fees and sales tax will be added upon purchase transaction.

UK Opera Theatre is part of the School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school, currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, and theory and music history.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue