My teacher and mentor Kevin Puts has been awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in music for his opera “Silent Night,” with libretto by Mark Campbell. “…Commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on November 12, 2011, Silent Night is 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.”

While I was studying with Kevin at the Peabody Conservatory, we would often discuss “Silent Night” while he was in the process of writing it and also sing through some of the arias. I also had the opportunity to sit in on rehearsals and attend the premiere in Minneapolis – it was truly an amazing experience.

Congratulations to Kevin on this well-deserved prize – I couldn’t be happier for him!

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