Congratulations to Kevin Puts, whose first opera, “Silent Night,” won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music.
The opera premiered in November, 2011 at the Minnesota Opera; Mark Campbell, familiar to area audiences (“The Inspector,” “Rappahannock County”), was the librettist. Here are some critical appraisals of the premiere: by Heidi Waleson in the Wall Street Journal; by Larry Fuchsberg in Opera News.
There’s been a lot of talk about expanding the reach of the music Pulitzers over the years. To hear these excerpts, this piece seems to be tonal, lovely — and conservative. Jazz and pop will have to wait another year, or five.
Above: Karin Wolverton sings“Dona nobis pacem” in “Silent Night,” the opera by Kevin Puts that was announced today as winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music.
Above: Liam Bonner in an aria from Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning “Silent Night.”