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Trouble in Tahiti
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
Elliot Silverstein (Director)
Leonard Bernstein (Conductor)
Nell Tangeman, David Atkinson, Constance Brigham, Robert Kole, Claude Heater
June 12, 1952
Brandeis University
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.
Dinah (mz)
Sam (bb)
Jazz Trio (s/mz, high t, high bar)
The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 2-22-89; Times-Union, Albany, NY, Dardis McNamee; 8-11-81; Syracuse Herald-Journal, Earl George, 8-10-81; The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, NY, Joelyn Wakefield-Wright, 8-5-81; Syracuse Post-Standard, Larry McGinn, 8-6-81; The New York Times, Allan Kozinn, 10-11-88; The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 1-31-88.
Total list of recordings: Columbia KM-32597, Columbia Wind Ensemble; WNET/PBS telecast, NY, 8-9-77; Videotape: Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 3-19-72, #10080; NBC Orchestra, 11-16-52, #10741; (Orchestra not identified) Seymour Lipkin, cond., 12-1-55, #10742; Nederlandse Opera, 10-24-63, #10743; BBC version, 3-17-68, #10570; Amberson Video Production, 1976, #13269; Switzerland performance, 11-19-81, #12046.
No chorus
2 fl(picc), 2 Eng Hrn, 2 bcl, 2 bsn(dbn) - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, 1 tba - timp, perc(cym, BD, high & low TD, snare dr, tgl, wdbls, tpl bls, gong, tom-t, vib, xyl) - hp - str(1 vln1, 1 vln2, 1 vla, 1 vc, 1 db)
Jazz-based, brightly scored
Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. (as agents for Amberson Productions, publisher and copyright owner)
229 W 28th Street, Floor 11
New York, NY 10001
Schedule of Performances Listings
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Central City Opera
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Friday, April 04, 2014 - Florida Opera Theatre
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Sunday, June 19, 2011 - LOOK Music Theatre
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Friday, March 26, 2010 - Portland Opera
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Friday, May 01, 2009 - Greensboro Opera Company
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Friday, March 23, 2007 - Living Opera
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Friday, February 17, 2006 - Curtis Institute of Music Opera Theatre
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Wednesday, December 09, 1998 - Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Saturday, June 13, 1998 - Nashville Opera
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Wednesday, June 25, 1997 - Opera Carolina
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Friday, March 15, 1996 - State Opera of South Australia
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Saturday, October 07, 1995 - Tulsa Opera
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Friday, August 04, 1995 - Ryan Opera Center
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Saturday, May 06, 1995 - Ryan Opera Center

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