200 Brookstown Ave #302
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
This event is sold out! To learn more about Silent Night, we invite you to attend La Lunch with Piedmont Opera.
Wednesdays, September 27 – November 1- 10 am – 12 noon
Brookstown Campus Wednesday, October 25 – class will attend the dress rehearsal (no class at 10 am that day)
Wait – Opera and America in the same sentence? Opera is Italian, right? Except when it’s German. Not anymore! James Allbritten is known for his ability to make classical music and opera relevant to people from all walks of life. This time the topic is Opera American style. You’ll learn about opera and composers in our country, leading up to Piedmont Opera’s production of the 2012 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, Silent Night. This opera, set in the battle fields of World War I in 1914, tells the story of the spontaneous truce that broke out between troops from three different countries on Christmas Eve. After a fierce battle the previous day, the soldiers began to celebrate Christmas in their bunkers. Slowly, the men recognize the universality of the holiday, put down their weapons and celebrate together. The class will include tickets to attend the final dress rehearsal of Piedmont Opera’s Silent Night, and perhaps a few glimpses backstage as well. Come and see what all the shouting is about! James Allbritten is the General Director and Principal Conductor at Piedmont Opera, where he has served for 12 years. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Allbritten began his operatic career with Kentucky Opera. An accomplished tenor, he studied voice with legendary singers Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Giorgio Tozzi, and Margaret Harshaw. As Artistic Director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Allbritten led numerous performances including Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, and Puccini’s La Rondine.