What: Trouble in Tahiti
When: Sunday, February 9th @ 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Florentine Opera
Tickets & more info: https://www.florentineopera.org/trouble-in-tahiti?rq=Trouble%20in%20Tahiti
Leonard Bernstein was on his honeymoon in 1951 when he began composing his one-act opera, Trouble in Tahiti, a candid portrait of the troubled marriage of a young suburban couple. Trouble in Tahiti draws upon popular songs styles to deliver an uncompromising critique of post-war American materialism.
Beneath the couple’s marital discord is a profound longing for love and intimacy. Their spiritual emptiness, in contrast to a veneer of happy consumerism, creates the heart of the drama and is emphasized by sudden stylistic shifts in the music.
The opera begins with a vocal trio singing of idyllic middle-class life in 1950s suburbia. Their close harmonies, jazz rhythms and idealized representation of American life are evocative of radio commercials of the era. Throughout the 45-minute opera, the Trio functions as a contemporary Greek chorus, providing satirical commentary to the drama.
Sung in English. Semi-staged production.