Individual Opera Tickets
With a little white house in the suburbs, Sam and Dinah are the perfect picture of a young couple in the 1950s – and they are both desperately unhappy. A clever and cutting libretto matched with a jazz-infused score, Tahiti delivers a candid and profound portrait of a couple longing for love and intimacy amidst the American dream.
In an evening celebrating the work of Leonard Bernstein, Trouble in Tahiti will be performed with Arias & Barcarolles, a poignant rumination on marriage, life and the nature of love.
Individual Opera Tickets
Trouble in Tahiti and Arias & Barcarolles
Music & Libretto by Leonard Bernstein
A new BLO production
Sung in English, but please note that this production will not have surtitles.
Conductor David Angus
Stage Director David Schweizer
Set Designer Paul Tate dePoo III
Costume Designer Nancy Leary
Lighting Designer Jeff Adelberg
Movement Director Melinda Sullivan
BLO Music Director & Pianist
DCR Steriti Memorial Rink
561 Commercial Street | Boston, MA | 02109
Tahiti/Arias will be presented as a cabaret, built within the DCR Steriti Memorial Rink in Boston’s North End. BLO previously used the large, ground-level facility as a rehearsal space for its 2016 production of Carmen, which required choreography that included six Mercedes Benzes. Read more in our blog post: Opera in an Ice Rink?
ACCESSIBILITY: Steriti Rink is accessible by stairs or a ramp to the main entrance. For Patrons unable to do stairs, table seating is available.
RESTROOMS: All restrooms are straight ahead when you enter the lobby and are marked by signs.
AMENITIES: A self-serve coat check will be available in the lobby. Concessions and table services will be available before and during the performance.
At the office, Sam confidently denies and grants loan requests. In her psychiatrist’s office, Dinah recalls a dream: she was in an overgrown garden, trying to find her way out, when she heard a voice promising to lead her to a quiet place.
At lunch, Dinah and Sam run into one another and each invents an excuse to hurry away. They reflect on the unhappy turn their relationship has taken.
Sam revels in his triumph at a handball game. After seeing a movie called “Trouble in Tahiti,” Dinah recounts how terrible it was, but gets caught up in the fantasy of it all. That evening, Sam returns home and wishes he did not have to go inside.
The trio sings of the idyllic twilight hours in suburbia. Sam and Dinah try to have an honest conversation, but quickly fail to connect. Growing desperate, he suggests they go to a movie. They prepare to leave, each wondering if a happier future lies ahead while the trio croons.