June 12, 1952
Trouble in Tahiti
Composer:Leonard Bernstein
Librettist:Langston HughesLeonard Bernstein
Synopsis
Considered a light-hearted but pointed satire of 1950s suburban sophistication and marital discontent, the work concerns the "path to divorce" followed by a housewife and her commuting husband. Dinah and Sam, both in their thirties, shatter the opening trio's mood of romantic bliss with their domestic quarreling. They have grown apart after ten years of marriage. Sam gets the escape and understanding he needs from his office and gym while Dinah's trips to the psychiatrist and her spending sprees do the same for her. The lack of communication between the two reaches a climax when they both go see a terrible movie, Trouble in Tahiti, a film which Dinah doesn't admit to having seen earlier that day. The Greek chorus (the trio), in the style of radio commercials of the time, extolls the virtues of suburban life.

Productions
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El Paso OperaTrouble in Tahiti6/1/2019 - 6/1/2019
Painted Sky OperaTrouble in Tahiti1/25/2019 - 1/27/2019
Boston Lyric OperaTrouble in Tahiti5/11/2018 - 5/20/2018
Opera Parallèle (Opera Parallele)Trouble in Tahiti2/15/2018 - 2/18/2018
Heartland Opera TheatreTrouble in Tahiti11/10/2017 - 11/12/2017
Tri-Cities OperaTrouble in Tahiti2/18/2016 - 2/21/2016
Resonance Works | PittsburghTrouble in Tahiti10/3/2015 - 10/4/2015
Central City OperaTrouble in Tahiti7/7/2014 - 7/23/2014
Opera OrlandoTrouble in Tahiti4/4/2014 - 4/6/2014
Opera Parallèle (Opera Parallele)Trouble in Tahiti4/13/2013 - 4/13/2013
Portland OperaTrouble in Tahiti3/3/2010 - 4/4/2010
Nashville OperaTrouble in Tahiti6/1/1998 - 6/15/1998
Opera CarolinaTrouble in Tahiti6/6/1997 - 6/29/1997
Tulsa OperaTrouble in Tahiti10/1/1995 - 10/13/1995


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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:40

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Jazz-based, brightly scored

Vocal & Musical Forces
Bass-Baritone, Mezzo-Soprano, symbolic Greek chorus: Soprano, Tenor, Baritone

Original Cast
Nell Tangeman, David Atkinson, Constance Brigham, Robert Kole, Claude Heater


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