Kevin Puts – News

Puts’ “Last August,” for Marin Alsop

After 25 years at the Cabrillo Festival, Marin Alsop will be leaving her post as the music director/conductor. Alsop’s tenure has been an extraordinary celebration of the best works by living composers, an astonishing array of new works and old, lovingly prepared, and a wide cross-section of both younger and more established composers. There is […]

Austin Opera’s Manchurian Candidate

In this highly charged election season, Austin Opera performs Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s The Manchurian Candidate. Originally premiered by the Minnesota Opera, the opera is part thriller, part satire, and is based on Richard Condon’s novel. Don’t miss the chance to see this second opera by the team that created the Pulitzer-winning opera, Silent […]

Washington Post’s Lovable New Operas

The Washington Post lists contemporary operas that audiences responded to favorably (“Readers’ Guide to Lovable New Operas“), and several BHM operas were included: Dead Man Walking Moby-Dick Silent Night The Manchurian Candidate As One There are also 10 operas on this list that we’ve engraved in our production department. Congrats to Jake Heggie, Kevin Puts, […]

Naxos to release Puts’ works

MARIN ALSOP, PEABODY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO RECORD KEVIN PUTS’ WORKS FOR NAXOS Recording for PSO’s first major-label release begins this month. The music of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer and Peabody Conservatory faculty artist Kevin Puts will be featured on a new recording by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop, acclaimed music director of the […]

The Manchurian Candidate at Minnesota Opera

Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s opera on The Manchurian Candidate will premiere at Minnesota Opera this March. Based on the novel by Richard Condon (which was subsequently made into two film versions) the opera is the second for Puts and Campbell, whose first opera Silent Night won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and has gone […]

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Silent Night

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City is the seventh company to produce the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night, with 4 performances on Feb. 21 through March 1.         Read the Kansas City Star’s piece about the opera The next company to produce Silent Night will be Opera de Montreal in May […]

125 Commissions for Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary

Carnegie Hall celebrates its 125th anniversary by honoring the present and looking to the future with the launch of an unprecedented commissioning project. Between the 2015 and 2020 seasons, at least 125 new works will be commissioned from leading composers—both established and emerging—and premiered at Carnegie Hall. New solo, chamber, and orchestral music, including BHM […]

Wexford Opera gives the European premiere of SILENT NIGHT

Wexford Festival Opera will present the European premiere of Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night, about the spontaneous Christmas truce between enemy combatants during the First World War. More details online at http://www.wexfordopera.com

Miro Quartet premieres Puts’ HOW WILD THE SEA

The world-renowned Miró Quartet and The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra present a program featuring the world premiere of a piece written for string quartet and chamber orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. Puts, a former Butler School of Music faculty member and long-time colleague of the Miró Quartet, composed the work as part […]

Silent Night airs nationally on PBS

The world-premiere production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera broadcast nationally in December 2013 Minnesota Opera’s production of Kevin Puts’ and Mark Cambell’s Silent Night, a company commission which earned its composer the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, was broadcast nationally on PBS, presented by National Productions (check local listings for your area). In the New York […]

OPERA America Songbook features several BHM Composers

Believing that the creation of art should mark every special occasion, OPERA America commissioned the OPERA America Songbook in celebration of the opening of the National Opera Center in September 2012. Composers with strong ties to the organization were invited to write a song for voice and piano on the theme of opening a new […]

Puts-Campbell YOU NEED SONG from the Opera America Songbook

Jennifer Aylmer and Timothy Long included “You Need Song” in her recital The Americas, which she presented to a select group of OPERA America ambassadors in February. This song was part of the Opera America Songbook, available from Hal Leonard. Read more about the Songbook project here. Watch their recital performance:

Puts HOW WILD THE SEA premieres with the Miro Quartet

The world-renowned Miró Quartet and The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra present a program featuring the world premiere of How Wild the Sea, written for string quartet and chamber orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. Puts, a former Butler School of Music faculty member and long-time colleague of the Miró Quartet, composed the work […]

Puts Flute Concerto Premieres at Cabrillo Festival

On August 2 the Cabrillo Festival gave the premiere performance of Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto with soloist Adam Walker. Puts writes about his piece: “Bette and Joe Hirsch are longtime patrons of the annual Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California who became fans of my music when they heard my Symphony No. […]

Silent Night East Coast Premiere

February will bring the East Coast Premiere of Silent Night, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in music by the Opera Company of Philadelphia. With a score by Kevin Puts and a libretto by Mark Campbell, the opera was hailed as “a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French […]

Midwest Clinic Features BHM Works

It’s the largest conference for wind and band music in the world, and it arrives at Chicago’s McCormack Place on December 19. Overlooking the shore of Lake Michigan, this year’s Conference will feature performances by hundreds of the best ensembles in the world and will highlight clinics with Wynton Marsalis and Leonard Slatkin, who will […]

The Manchurian Candidate to be Puts’ and Campbell’s Second Opera

The Minnesota Opera has announced the commission of The Manchurian Candidate for their 2014-15 season. Based on the 1959 Richard Condon political thriller that has been made into two films, the opera will reunite Puts and Campbell as collaborators. Their first project, Silent Night, earned Puts the Pulitzer Prize in music for 2012.

Kevin Puts wins 2012 Pulitzer Prize for SILENT NIGHT

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. Silent Night is in two acts by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, directed by Christian […]