ALL IS CALM
The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. A remarkable true story told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
Written by Peter Rothstein
Vocal Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach
OPERA NORTH CREATIVE TEAM
Musical Director Louis Burkot
Stage Director Nora Winsler
Featuring an all-star cast, including alumni of Opera North's Resident Artist Program:
Benjamin Boskoff | Louis Burkot | Zachary Crowle | Joel Edwards | Derek Jackenheimer | Patrick McNally | Matthew O'Donnell | Javier Ortiz | Hugo Vera
Saturday, December 14, 5:00pm
Sunday, December 15, 2:00pm
Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, VT
TICKETS: $50 per person
Runtime: 80 minutes
Recommended for children 13 and up
DRINKS AND DIVAS 2019!
Celebrate the season with Opera North
post-show and enjoy delicious bites,
holiday drinks, and more!
Saturday, December 14, 6:30—8:30pm
Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction, VT
TICKETS: $50 per person
(cash bar; one ticket for wine or beer included)
Peter Rothstein (Author): Peter Rothstein has directed 72 mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da, including 11 world premieres. Other recent collaborations include the Guthrie Theater, the Children’s Theater Company, Minnesota Opera, the Illusion Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, and Asolo Rep. He is the creator of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 and Steerage Song–a documusical created in collaboration with Dan Chouinard. Peter was named the 2015 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune, Theater Artist of the Year by Lavender, and Best Director by City Pages. He has received nine Ivey Awards and has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. He holds a B. A. in Music and Theater from St. John’s University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Erick Lichte (Vocal Arrangements): Erick Lichte has been hailed by Washington Post for the “audacity” of his programming and noted by the Chicago Tribune for the “meticulous preparation” of his choirs. Fanfare Magazine declared that he created and helmed “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” In January 2013, he began his tenure as Artistic Director of Vancouver BC’s Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, one of the most active and popular amateur choirs in North America. His first recording with Chor Leoni, Wandering Heart, received a perfect five-star review from the UK’s prestigious Choir and Organ Magazine, and Oregon Arts Watch has declared that, under his leadership, Chor Leoni is now “one of the best male choirs on the continent.”
Timothy C. Takac (Vocal Arrangements): Reviewed as “gorgeous” Washington Post and “stunning” Lawrence Journal-World, the music of Timothy C. Takach is rapidly gaining momentum in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies,Takach is a full-time composer and has received a number of commissions from various organizations including VocalEssence, the St. Olaf Band, Cantus, Pavia Winds, cellist Kirsten Whitson, Lorelei, The Rose Ensemble and the University of Notre Dame DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. His compositions have been performed on A Prairie Home Companion, The Boston Pops holiday tour, multiple All-State and festival programs and at venues such as the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center and Royal Opera House Muscat. Takach has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board and Meet the Composer, and yearly ASCAP awards since 2004. He studied Music Theory and Composition at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, where he graduated with honors. Takach lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.