Opera Philadelphia

A Quiet Place

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Libretto by Stephen Wadsworth
Adapted by Garth Edwin Sunderland
Performed in English with English supertitles
Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman

“Some of Bernstein’s most potent late-period music. His talent remained gigantic to the end.”—The New Yorker

“Gripping, immediate, and enthralling”—Wall Street Journal


Leonard Bernstein at 100Composer, conductor, author, and music icon Leonard Bernstein is still fascinating audiences 100 years after his birth. Best known for creating cultural touchstones like West Side Story, On the Waterfront, and Candide, he called A Quiet Place “unlike any work I have ever written or seen.” The opera revisits the unhappy suburban family from Trouble in Tahiti thirty years later, only to find them reeling in the wake of tragedy. Unhappy memories and long-buried resentments surface, and the survivors have a choice: to hurt one another again—or to heal.

The chamber adaptation by Garth Edwin Sunderland receives its American premiere from the Curtis Opera Theatre, in a production by director Daniel Fish. Corrado Rovaris, Opera Philadelphia’s Jack Mulroney Music Director, leads members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s dramatic music—by turns explosive, elegiac, and playful—given a more intimate scale in Sunderland’s orchestration.

For evening performances: start your night at Volvér with their $35 Pre-Theater Menu! Discover the details here>>


Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman
in partnership with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Curtis Institute of Music  Opera Philadelphia   Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Next in the series: Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel & The Medium (May 2018)

MapPerelman Theater

Dates are March 2018.

Wed, Mar 7 7:30 p.m.
Fri, Mar 9 7:30 p.m.
Sun, Mar 11 2:30 p.m.

Approximately 100 minutes with no intermission

A Quiet Place is sponsored in part by David and Sandy Marshall, BNP Paribas, and the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for Opera.

The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation.

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
Daniel Fish
Daniel FishDirector
Tyler Zimmerman
Tyler Zimmermanas Sam
Ashley Milanese
Ashley Milaneseas Dede
Dennis Chmelensky
Dennis Chmelenskyas Junior
Siena Licht Miller
Siena Licht MillerDinah
Jean-Michel Richer
Jean-Michel Richer as Francois
Aaron Crouch
Aaron Crouchas Funeral Director
Patrick Wilhelm
Patrick Wilhelmas Bill
Sophia Hunt
Sophia Huntas Susie
Seongwo Woo
Seongwo Wooas Analyst
Vartan Gabrielian
Vartan Gabrielianas Doc
Anastasiia Sidorova
Anastasiia Sidorovaas Mrs. Doc
Hannah Klein
Hannah Kleinas Mourner
Adam Kiss
Adam Kissas Mourner
Daniel Taylor
Daniel Taylor as Mourner
Tiffany Townsend
Tiffany Townsendas Mourner
  • Laura Jellinek Scenic Designer
  • Terese Wadden Costume Designer
  • Barbara Samuels Lighting Designer
  • Jeff Larson Video Designer
Leonard Bernstein

The Composer

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918- October 14, 1990) was a world-renowned conductor and composer, and one of classical music's icons of the 20th century. He was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and conducted the world's major orchestras, leaving behind an enormous legacy of audio and video recordings. His books, as well as the much-beloved televised Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic, established him as a leading educator. His orchestral and choral works include three symphonies (No. 1 "Jeremiah", No. 2 "Age of Anxiety", and No. 3 "Kaddish"), Serenade, Mass, Chichester Psalms, Songfest, Divertimento for Orchestra, Arias and Barcarolles, and Concerto for Orchestra. Bernstein's works for the Broadway stage include On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide and the immensely popular West Side Story. In addition to the West Side Story collaboration, Mr. Bernstein worked with choreographer Jerome Robbins on three major ballets, Fancy Free, Facsimile and Dybbuk. Mr. Bernstein was the recipient of many honors, including eleven Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. Read more about Leonard Bernstein.

Chat with Guest Services