Nonetheless, by December the European War — being fought by men who were weary, frustrated, and dispirited, bogged down in the glue-like muck, waterlogged trenches, and barbed-wire entanglements of Belgium, with little sense of national purpose other than to defeat the enemy — had already claimed hundreds of thousands of casualties since the beginning of hostilities in early August. During World War I, in the winter ofon the battlefields of Flanders, one of the most unusual events in all of human history took place. The Germans had been in a fierce battle with the British and French. Both sides were dug in, safe in muddy, man-made trenches six to eight feet deep that seemed to stretch forever.
Tuesday, November 13, All Is Calm: In this interview he talks about the challenges of keeping a member all-male chorus on track and on pitch!
This unique opera has got Juan Carlos and our Dr. Nic very excited about upcoming opening on December 7. Monday, August 6, All Is Calm: In this interview General The christmas truce David Bennett talks about the origins of this production from Bodhi Tree Concerts and the involvement of the choral group Sacra Profana.
Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song: Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. They exchanged gifts of tobacco, rum and chocolates, even photographs of loved ones.
Upon orders from above, they eventually returned to their trenches and re-instigated a brutal war that would last four more years. The retelling of this story reminds us of the atrocities of war, our common humanity and for a few brief moments, the hope of a peaceful future.
The music ranges from trench songs to patriotic and sentimental tunes, as well as Christmas music from the participating countries. The text is taken from a wide range of sources including letters, journals, official war documents, poetry, grave stone inscriptions — even an old radio broadcast.
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American stage director Alan E. He has spent the past two decades in professional opera and theatre, first as a singer, then a teacher, finally turning his attention to stage direction. Inhe was appointed Director of the Emerging Artist Program at Green Mountain Opera Festival, a position he held until the company's closing in A native of San Diego, California, Juan Carlos Acosta is active as a conductor, educator, church musician and tenor soloist.
As a vocal coach, Mr. Juan Carlos is a proud recipient of the Ruth K. He started with San Diego Opera in working for one of the last master scenic artists, Davis West, learning traditional ways of scenery design and painting.
He started his scenic career as a shop person and became the Charge Scenic Artist in He has worked on many productions seen on stage for the San Diego Opera. Tim started his design career with the local rock band Rocket From the Crypt in doing their stage backdrops and scenery.
His work has been seen on stages around the world. He has designed for local theater companies as well, most notably at New Village Arts where he served as resident designer from Highlights from his career have been Seven Year Itch at New Village Arts working with his director wife, art direction for a Rocket From the Crypt music video, interior design for play structures at KidVentures and designing the Jungle Tour set for Drake which was seen around the world.
This project has been featured in periodicals world-wide and is the subject of a documentary film currently in production.
This is the first production he has designed for San Diego Opera.Watch video · The Christmas Truce miracle: Soldiers put down their guns to sing carols and drink wine.
The Christmas Truce in , during World War I, as depicted by the Illustrated London News.
Christmas Truce: Christmas Truce, (December 24–25, ), impromptu cease-fire that occurred along the Western Front during World War I. The pause in fighting was not universally observed, nor had it been sanctioned by commanders on either side, but, along some two-thirds of the Anglo-German front, the guns fell silent.
While it lasted, though, the truce was magical, leading even the sober Wall Street Journal to observe: “What appears from the winter fog and misery is a Christmas story, a fine Christmas story. The Christmas truce also allowed both sides to finally bury their dead comrades, whose bodies had lain for weeks on “no man’s land,” the ground between opposing trenches.
The phenomenon took. Christmas Truce - The Western Front, December by Seaton, Shirley Paperback See more like this SPONSORED The Christmas Truce by Duffy, Carol Ann Book The Fast Free Shipping. Episode Those who lived through the First World War experienced Christmas in a variety of ways.
One of the most famous Christmas-time events was the truce that took place along some parts of the line on the Western Front in