The final stage work of Leonard Bernstein makes its long-awaited New York premiere, in its first performance on any stage in 22 years. The work portrays the estranged members of an American family--mother, father, daughter and gay son-as they reunite at a funeral after twenty years. This story of people adrift in their search for serenity carries forward the characters from Bernstein's short youthful satire "Trouble in Tahiti" (which he conducted at City Opera in 1958). Perfectly capturing the jazzy heartbeat of 20th century America, "Trouble in Tahiti" is incorporated into the second act of A Quiet Place as flashbacks.
Acclaimed director Christopher Alden, who created last season's Don Giovanni at City Opera, will return to direct the new production. Soprano Sara Jakubiak makes her City Opera debut as Dede, mezzo-soprano Patricia Risley debuts as Dinah, tenor Dominic Armstrong makes his company debut as François, baritone Joshua Hopkins debuts as Junior, baritone Louis Otey is Sam, and baritone Christopher Feigum makes his City Opera debut as Young Sam. The production features costumes by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Aaron Black, and will be conducted by Jayce Ogren, all making their City Opera debuts, with sets by Andrew Lieberman. A Quiet Place will be performed in English with supertitles.