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Opera North - Trouble in Tahiti / Symphonic Dances
Opera North - Trouble in Tahiti / Symphonic Dances


Music Leonard Bernstein
Libretto Leonard Bernstein
First performance Waltham, Massachusetts, 1952

The American Dream turns suffocatingly sour in Leonard Bernstein’s unsparing examination of a marriage falling apart in 1950s suburbia. Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their ‘little white house’. But their growing failure to connect exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie.

Bernstein’s score is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of musicals and the movies. A highlight of Opera North’s Little Greats season of short operas in 2017, Matthew Eberhardt’s production of Trouble in Tahiti is deeply touching, whilst giving full value to the Hollywood pizzazz of Dinah’s showpiece number ‘Island Magic’.

‘Gently satirical but also wryly sympathetic about a marriage that has gone dead in the water, it is clothed in music of jazzy lyricism not many miles from West Side Story. …I loved every minute and recommend it warmly.’ Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph


Sam Quirijn de Lang
Dinah Sandra Piques Eddy
Trio Laura Kelly-McInroy
Joseph Shovelton
Nicholas Butterfield

Conductor Martin Pickard
Director Matthew Eberhardt
Set Designer Charles Edwards
Costume Designer Hannah Clark

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  • The Lowry Theatre, Salford
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