Silent Night Cirriculum

Access Opera: Silent Night Curriculum

Access Opera: Silent Night PowerPoint

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Austin Opera’s Access Opera: Silent Night curriculum is an innovative multi-media based unit, complete with TEKS aligned lessons, activities, assessments and video excerpts. This curriculum is designed so you can teach Silent Night in the time frame that works best for you and your students. Designate an entire class period and share the complete lesson using the accompanying PowerPoint. Teach it in chunks.  Here is what that might look like:

  • Day 1 – Background (composer info, synopsis) and first listen of featured music selection
  • Day 2 – Listen a 2nd time, including suggested activities/assessments from the lesson
  • Day 3 & beyond – Listen to some of the alternate versions; try a new activity/assessment; explore SEL connection; Go over Audience Etiquette materials

About the Opera

Silent Night: At a Glance – A quick overview of the opera

Silent Night STORY SYNOPSIS – The “official” website for the opera, Silent Night.

ABOUT THE OPERA – List of characters, orchestration and synopsis

PRESS – a long list of reviews and articles about the opera from various productions and performances since the premiere in 2012.

MEDIA – a large collection of video excerpts from various productions, including interviews with composer, Kevin Puts.

All about Kevin Puts, composer – a link to the official website of composer Kevin Puts.

All about Mark Campbell, librettist – a link to the official website of librettist Mark Campbell.

Minnesota Opera YouTube list for Silent Night – a comprehensive offering of video clips

About Austin Opera’s Production

Check out the websites of the singers performing in Austin Opera’s production of Silent Night!


Joseph Dennis*
Nikolaus Sprink

Hailey Clark*
Anna Sørenson (Sprink’s girlfriend)

Craig Irvin*
Lieutenant Horstmayer

David Margulis*


David Adam Moore
Lieutenant Audebert

Andrew Wilkowske*
Ponchel (Lt. Audebert’s aide-de-camp)

Christian Zaremba
French General

Cheryl Kaderli*
Madeleine Audebert (Lt. Audebert’s Wife)


John Lindsey
Jonathan Dale

Ben Edquist*
William Dale (Jonathan’s Brother)

Troy Cook
Father Palmer

Craig Verm*
Lieutenant Gordon


Music: Kevin Puts
Libretto: Mark Campbell
Production by: Tomer Zvulun
Conductor: Timothy Myers
Stage Director: Conor Hanratty
Scenic Design: Erhard Rom
Costume Design: Victoria Tzykun
Lighting Design: Peter W. Mitchell
Wig and Make-up Design: Melanie Steele
Audio Design: Bill Mester
Chorus Master/Assistant Conductor: Cina Crisara
Assistant Director: Rebecca A. Herman
Production Stage Manager: Kathleen Edwards

Based on the screenplay by Christian Carion for the motion picture Joyeux Noël produced by Nord-Ouest Production

Commissioned by Minnesota Opera, A Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative Production


See the SET and COSTUMES for Austin Opera’s Silent Night – The following video clips included footage showing the set that you will see in Austin Opera’s production.

Wexford Festival Opera Trailer – The European premiere of Kevin Put’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Silent Night was presented by the Wexford Festival Opera in 2014.  Austin Opera is presenting the same production, so much of the set and costumes will look the same.

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