Kevin Puts has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with “Silent Night,” his first opera. The work received its world premiere in November 2011 at the Minnesota Opera in St. Paul.
Pulitzer officials described “Silent Night” as "a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German soldiers during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart." Puts was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera to write the piece, basing it on the Oscar-nominated 2005 French film “Joyeux Nöel,” which dramatized the actual World War I Christmas truce.
Puts attended Camp from 1985 through 1987. He was a piano student of Nelita True, who taught at Camp for many summers and is the head of the piano department at Eastman School of Music. Puts studied at the American Academy in Rome where Howard Hanson, Interlochen's first Pulitzer Prize winner, was director for 40 years.