Utah Arts Review – Utah Opera’s triumphant “Silent Night” finds humanity in battle
by Catherine Reese Newton
Librettist Mark Campbell believes we’re living in a golden age of contemporary opera, and Utah Opera’s beautiful and powerful production of Silent Night, Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collaboration with composer Kevin Puts, is a shining example. This dramatization of the 1914 Christmas truce opened a five-performance run Saturday night at the Capitol Theatre.
Campbell’s multilingual libretto is a marvel, creating more than a dozen distinct characters and laying out a compelling argument for humanity’s innate decency — with several well-placed touches of humor — over its compact two-hour running time.