Seeking humanity in War by Tomer Zvulun

Director Tomer Zvulun reflects on WNO’s next production: Silent Night

From the first moment I listened to Silent Night, I felt that it deeply touched a personal side in me. Kevin Puts’s music along with Mark Campbell’s libretto uniquely captures the dichotomy of love and war and creates a world that is both specific and universal at once. It captures the humanity of the characters and the comforts that friendship and music bring to the bloodiest of all human experiences—war. Read more

Alexander McKissick | Meet the Artists

Tenor. Nikolaus Sprink in Silent Night.

Hailing from Madison, Connecticut, Alexander made his WNO debut in the 2017–2018 season of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season, he returns to the Artist Program to perform his role debut as Nikolaus Sprink plus roles in Faust and The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me.

In his fast-growing career as a tenor, Alexander has won international awards and sung roles ranging from Alfredo Germont in La traviata to Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. In May 2018, Alexander reached the finals of OPERALIA, one of the most prestigious and important international vocal competitions in the world.

Watch Alexander perform on the Millennium Stage.

View Alexander’s artist page for more information.

Kenneth Kellogg | Meet the Artists

Bass. Father Palmer in Silent Night.

Born and raised in D.C., Kenneth is quickly gaining recognition as a sought-after rising star. He’ll return to his hometown for his role debut as Father Palmer after making his WNO debut in 2010’s Un Ballo in Maschera.

Since graduating from our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in 2012, Kenneth has performed everywhere from Switzerland’s Opéra de Lausanne to San Francisco’s Opera Parallèlle.

Kenneth is noted by critics for his “commanding stage presence” and “rich, resonant bass.”

 “[From Silent Night] I hope audiences will grasp that the joys of life rest in the things that transcend our differences,” Kenneth told WNO.

Watch Kenneth perform Sam Bankhead’s aria in The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera.

Follow Kenneth on Instagram or visit his website for more information.

Raquel González | Meet the Artists

Soprano. Anna Sorensen in Silent Night.

Raquel is a familiar face at WNO; she graduated from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in 2017 where she performed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Cio-Cio San in the DCYA performance of Madame Butterfly. She returns for her role debut as Anna Sørensen after a successful season as Tatiana in Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Eugene Onegin and Violetta in Cincinnati’s Queen City Opera production of La traviata.

Critics hail Raquel as a “true artist” (Opera News) and a “marvel of voice and stage” (KC Metropoolis).

Read our Q&A with Raquel to learn about her first transformative musical experience and how she discovered she loved opera.

View Raquel’s website for more information.