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ADA Artists in PULITZER PRIZE Winning Opera ‘Silent Night’
ADA Artists Karin Wolverton and Craig Irvin participated in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ new opera Silent Night, commissioned by Minnesota Opera in November 2011. After receiving rave reviews, last week the opera was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music! Congratulations to Kevin Puts, Minnesota Opera, Karin Wolverton, and Craig Irvin!
“Hear the opera that won the Pulitzer” here, courtesy of NPR
“Awarded to Kevin Puts for “Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts,” commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on November 12, 2011, a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and Germans during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart. Libretto by Mark Campbell (Aperto Press).” – The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners
“I am beyond thrilled by this news,” said Artistic Director Dale Johnson. “Kevin is an extraordinary talent, and this opera – his first – was so richly deserving of this award.” – Minnesota Opera
“As Anna Sørensen, Sprink’s operatic lover, company regular Karin Wolverton provided a contrast to the almost unrelievedly male world of this opera, singing intensely but displaying a bit less temperament than her role seems to require. Among the men, Troy Cook (Father Palmer), Andrew Wilkowske (Ponchel) and the tri-national trio of lieutenants (Liam Bonner, Craig Irvin, Gabriel Preisser) were especially notable.” – Opera News
“However, John Robert Lindsey’s Jonathan, Andrew Wilkowske’s Ponchel and the trio of lieutenant (performed by Liam Bonner, Craig Irvin, and Gabriel Preisser) achieved the most captivating musical moments.” – Opera Today
“Benoit and Burden paired artfully with soprano Karin Wolverton, whose diamond-edged soprano shone in a sublime Act I “Dona Nobis Pacem” during mass, and sliced through the top notes of a second-act aria full of emotional turbulence as she realizes the beauty of her art is no match for the horrors of war.” – WQXR