Eric Simonson

Writer & director for film, television, theatre, and opera

Eric Simonson is a writer and director for film, television, theatre and opera. Recent films include the documentary, "Studs Terkel: Listening to America," "A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin", and "On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom."

Silent Night

Staged by Eric Simonson, The Minnesota Opera’s production of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, a company commission which earned its composer the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, recounts a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history.

Silent Night was honored with a regional Emmy nomination.


“… Silent Night was nothing short of breathtaking.”
                       -Cincinnati Enquirer 

“…a total, and in so many ways, new encounter with the magic of opera.”
                       -Oakwood Register

“Puts’ Silent Night Finds Light in the Darkness”
                       -Music in Cincinnati

"One could only marvel at Puts' multi-layered orchestral score, which turned on a dime from battle scenes – a cacophony of dissonances, edgy intervals and machine gun sounds – to moments of serene, lyrical beauty." 


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