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Trouble in Tahiti
11, 13, 14, 19 & 21 Oct 2017
The seductive style of Mad Men meets the powerful emotion of opera with this satire on the American Dream from the composer of West Side Story.
Part of Opera North's season of shorter operas, The Little Greats, Trouble in Tahiti is the perfect introduction to opera and to Leonard Bernstein in his centenary year, featuring all the intensity of a longer work in just 45 minutes.
Young married couple, Sam and Dinah, are sitting down to breakfast as they start their day in 1950s suburbia. All looks idyllic in their ‘little white house’, but it soon becomes clear that their marriage is far from perfect as they both struggle to recapture their lost intimacy. Sam escapes to the competitive world of the office and the gym, while Dinah loses herself at the movies, watching the ominously-titled Trouble in Tahiti. As the day unfolds, neither remember to attend their son’s school play.
Bernstein’s score for his deeply touching first opera is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American music of Hollywood and Broadway.
Sung in English, it vividly captures the spirit of the age with its dazzling fusion of opera, Hollywood, musical theatre and jazz. Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta, and Dutch baritone Quirijn de Lang, who both charmed audiences in Opera North’s production of Cinderella earlier this year, return to the stage as Dinah and Sam.
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Tickets £7.50 - £35, concessions available. Under 30s members £5
Each of The Little Greats is performed as part of a double bill, with combinations changing each evening, so you can choose to see one or both.
There is lift access to most of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony) from the foyer and a wheelchair access lift to the foyer from the Box Office. Please note that some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. We recommend checking with the Box Office before purchasing a ticket if you have concerns.
- Wheelchair access
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