Enjoy a sampling of the stunning images from the Philadelphia and New York performances, as well as praise from critics and press.
This season, in honor of Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Curtis brings new life to his music—both well-loved compositions and rarely performed gems—and opens up the school’s archives to the public with photos, letters, and more. Learn more at Curtis.edu/Bernstein.
“Director Daniel Fish’s sleek, pared-down production scores major points visually.” – Philadelphia Magazine
“[Director Daniel Fish’s] combination of abstract sets (by Laura Jellinek), atmospheric lighting (by Barbara Samuels), and stylized acting by the talented cast of Curtis students makes the piece seem more realistic and relatable than ever.” – Broad Street Review
“…thoroughly successful in capturing the opera’s confrontational fury, especially as conducted by Corrado Rovaris.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
“As the mentally ill Junior, Dennis Chmelensky articulated his fractured vocal lines in ways that perhaps set a new standard for the role.” - Philadelphia Inquirer
“Dennis Chmelensky’s moving, rich baritone accompanied by real acting provided a fierce center to the piece and to the family’s dysfunction.” – phindie
“Soprano Ashley Milanese is a superb Dede, dramatically committed and with a soaring lyric soprano capable of heart-stopping soft effects.” – Philadelphia Magazine
“Soprano Ashley Milanese was riveting as Dede. I was mesmerized by her nonchalance and the beautiful upper reaches of her voice.” – Seen and Heard International
“Curtis alum Jean-Michel Richer brings a pliant tenor voice to François…he sings the character’s French-inflected lines with authority.” – Broad Street Review
“Jean-Michel Richer’s full-bodied lyric tenor suited the Canadian “regular guy” François.”
– New York Classical Review
“Many of [the performers] showed real promise, most notably soprano Ashley Milanese, bass-baritone Tyler Zimmerman, violinist Ania Filochowska, and flutist Alejandro Lombo.” – ZealNYC
“Under the baton of Corrado Rovaris, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra played with precision, clarity and sensitivity. Bernstein’s sophisticated, colorful music simply shimmered.” – Seen and Heard International
“[T]he superb playing of members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra did arranger Sunderland proud…the student ensemble from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music followed Bernstein’s eclectic imagination wherever it went.” – New York Classical Review
“The singers and orchestra were without exception polished and in command of their material.”