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By Kevin Puts
On World War I’s western front, weapons are laid down when Scottish, French and German officers defy their superiors and negotiate a Christmas Eve truce. Enemies become brothers as they come together to share Christmas and bury their dead in a moving, dramatic work that features soaring, lyrical melodies and a stellar cast.
Acclaimed tenor William Burden stars as the drafted opera singer whose voice inspires peace among adversaries, with soprano Kelly Kaduce as his love interest, Anna Sørenson, and baritone Troy Cook returns as Father Palmer, the Scottish priest. A host of important debuts are in store, including bass-baritone Craig Irvin as Lieutenant Horstmayer, the German commanding officer; baritone Liam Bonner as Lieutenant Audebert, the conflicted French commander; and baritone Gabriel Preisser as Lieutenant Gordon. Oscar-winning, Tony-nominated Eric Simonson directs the new production, with Maestro Michael Christie at the orchestra podium.