Kelly & Massa
Opera Philadelphia is presenting the east Coast premiere of “Silent Night” at the Academy of Music in an impressive co=production with Minnesota Opera. The piece was commissioned and unveiled in November 2011 but was reintroduced for the grand opening now on the east coast.
The last pope to take the name Benedict, before the one who made history this month announcing plans to retire, assumed his duties a few weeks after the outbreak of World War I.
As Christmas 1914 approached, Benedict XV, who described the war as “the suicide of Europe,” pleaded for a Christmas truce. The military leaders refused, but somehow, at several points along the trenches, a surreal cease-fire broke out anyway.