As a composer, Leonard Bernstein is best known for creating cultural touchstones like West Side Story, On the Waterfront, and Candide. However he described his opera A Quiet Place as “unlike any work I have ever written or seen.” The story of a suburban family grappling with tragedy and long-buried resentments, the work was a stark departure from Bernstein’s younger, more exuberant style.
Join the Curtis Institute of Music, Opera Philadelphia, and NMAJH for a conversation how Leonard Bernstein’s identity shaped A Quiet Place. Panelists include Ivy Weingram, curator of the Museum’s Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music; Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre and artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia; Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and recipient of two 2018 Grammy Awards; and soprano Ashley Milanese, a member of the Curtis Opera Theatre and Opera Philadelphia Emerging Artist.
Presented in conjunction with Curtis Opera Theatre's Bernstein: A Quiet Place and Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music