PRESS

‚ÄčDon Giovanni

BroadSreetReview

“The evening’s best singing and acting comes courtesy of Dennis Chmelensky, an honorable Giovanni in the lyric baritone tradition and a focused, connected stage performer.” Cameron Kelsall March 11, 2019

ParterreBox

“Leading the singers was Dennis Chmelensky as the Don with his lovely and solidly produced lyric baritone...he met all vocal demands honorably. Chmelensky is also a marvelously subtle and physically dexterous actor.” David Fox March 11, 2019

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Thursday night’s opening featured baritone Dennis Chmelensky in the title role and soprano Tiffany Townsend as Donna Anna, and for their carrying power as well as subtle sensitivity to sound, these two singers seem primed for busy careers...How to deal with a creature like Don Giovanni post-#MeToo is a challenge. In fact, you had to believe this audience wasn’t sure how to feel, either. They offered a curiously muted response during bows to Chmelensky, who was not just the title character but also the most mature and nuanced singer in the cast.”     Peter Dobrin March 08, 2019

Sweeney Todd

BroadSreetReview

“Dennis Chmelensky has fun as preening, self-satisfied mountebank Pirelli."  Cameron Kelsall November 15, 2018

A Quiet Place

New York Classical Review

“Dennis Chmelensky brought a potent, edgy baritone to the emotionally unstable role of Junior, provoking and romancing the other characters in equal measure.” David Wright March 14, 2018

Phindie

“Junior, who is aggressively gay in both manner and costume seemed to me the dominant role, and Dennis Chmelensky’s moving, rich baritone accompanied by real acting provided a fierce center to the piece and to the family’s dysfunction.”   Toby Zinman March 13, 2018

 

BroadStreetReview

“Junior remains the piece’s most complicated character...Despite these alarmingly reductive traits, baritone Dennis Chmelensky works hard to give the character an inner life. He also sings with beautiful diction.” Cameron Kelsall March 13, 2018

 

Philadelphia Magazine

“Dennis Chmelensky was captivating in the role—a presence for sure, decked out here with androgynous ellusiveness, and also seeming appropriately vulnerable. Chmelensky’s dark baritone has a strikingly individual timbre...” David Fox March 08, 2018

 

The 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, while also projecting a flamboyant battiness that suited the character well.” David Patrick Stearns March 08, 2018

Impressions of Pelléas

BroadSreetReview

“...But Chmelensky emerged as the evening’s unquestionable discovery. His superbly produced lyric baritone lifted the already stellar production to the musical stratosphere, while never sacrificing a connection to the text for mere tonal beauty. Though still an undergraduate, he gave the impression of a fully formed artist, ready to claim his place on the world stage.” Cameron Kelsall October 08, 2017