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It was a glittering evening for opera lovers who attended Opera Philadelphia's annual black tie benefit Feb. 2 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The gala's 250 guests mingled with internationally renown baritone Nathan Gunn, director of Opera Philadelphia's American Repertoire Council, and actor David Hyde Pierce, a council member, as well as performers from the company's critically acclaimed production of Silent Night, including Silent Night stars tenor William Burden and soprano Kelly Kaduce.

The evening celebrated Opera Philadelphia's American Repertoire Program, which is committed to producing an American work every year for 10 seasons. Silent Night, the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, marks the second opera in the series and ends Sunday at the Academy of Music. The opera is based on a true story during World War I when Scottish, French, and German soldiers, fighting in the trenches on the Western Front, laid down weapons and called for a truce on Christmas Eve.

Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, and musical performances from Silent Night, as well as Theodore Morrison and John Cox's Oscar, premiering at the Academy of Music 2015, and Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer's Cold Mountain, opening 2016. N.O.W: A Gala Celebration of New Operatic Work, co-chaired by Daria and Anderson Pew, raised more than $150,000 for Opera Philadelphia.