STEP INTO A
TRANSFORMED SPACE

STEP INTO A
TRANSFORMED SPACE

INSPIRED BY THE GLAMOROUS
MANHATTAN CLUBS OF THE 1950s

INSPIRED BY THE GLAMOROUS
MANHATTAN CLUBS OF THE 1950s

TROUBLE IN TAHITI SET RENDERING BY DESIGNER PAUL TATE DEPOO III

Trouble in Tahiti and Arias & Barcarolles | MAY 11-202018-05-20T17:34:48+00:00

FRI | MAY 11 | 8:00PM SOLD OUT
SAT | MAY 12 | 8:00PM SOLD OUT
SUN | MAY 13 | 3:00PM SOLD OUT
WED | MAY 16 | 8:00PM SOLD OUT
FRI | MAY 18 | 8:00PM SOLD OUT
SAT | MAY 19 | 3:00PM
SAT | MAY 19 | 8:00PM
SUN | MAY 20 | 3:00PM SOLD OUT

 
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.

FRI | MAY 11 | 8:00PM SOLD OUT
SAT | MAY 12 | 8:00PM SOLD OUT
SUN | MAY 13 | 3:00PM SOLD OUT
WED | MAY 16 | 8:00PM SOLD OUT
FRI | MAY 18 | 8:00PM SOLD OUT
SAT | MAY 19 | 3:00PM
SAT | MAY 19 | 8:00PM
SUN | MAY 20 | 3:00PM SOLD OUT

Trouble in Tahiti and Arias & Barcarolles

Music & Libretto by Leonard Bernstein
Sung in English with English surtitles
A new BLO production

Performance running time is approximately one hour and 15 minutes, with no intermission.

MAY 11*, 12*, 13*, 16*, 18*, 19, 20*

Learn about how Boston Lyric Opera transforms spaces for opera
Read the Preview Piece by Former Boston Globe Journalist Richard Dyer (PDF)

* Dates SOLD OUT

Leonard Bernstein at 100

CREATIVE TEAM

DAVID ANGUS

Conductor

Sponsored by Linda Cabot Black

DAVID SCHWEIZER

Stage Director

Sponsored by Wayne Davis & Ann Merrifield

PAUL TATE DEPOO III*

Set Designer

NANCY LEARY

Costume Designer

JEFF ADELBERG*

Lighting Designer

JOHNNY ROGERS*

Video Designer

MELINDA SULLIVAN

Movement Director

ALLISON VOTH

Surtitle Designer

JASON ALLEN»

Wig and Makeup Designer

JOHN CONKLIN

Dramaturg

CAST

MARCUS DELOACH
Baritone

SAM

Sponsored by Abigail B. Mason

HEATHER JOHNSON
Mezzo-Soprano

DINAH

Sponsored by Alicia Cooney

TRIO

MARA BONDE
Soprano

Sponsored by Linda Cabot Black

NEAL FERREIRA‡
Tenor

Sponsored by Ms. Amelia Katzen

VINCENT TURREGANO†
Baritone

Sponsored by Dr. Robert Walsh & Lydia Kenton Walsh


CHAMBER ENSEMBLE FROM THE BOSTON LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA
PRODUCTION/ARTISTIC STAFF

REHEARSAL COACH/ACCOMPANIST, Brett Hodgdon‡
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Cara Consilvio*
STAGE MANAGER, Hester Warren-Steijn

*Boston Lyric Opera Debut
†Boston Lyric Opera Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist
‡Boston Lyric Opera Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist Alumnus

DCR Steriti Memorial Rink

561 Commercial Street | Boston, MA | 02109

DCR Steriti Memorial Rink

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?

Public Transportation and Parking

SEATING

  • The production will be presented as a cabaret
  • Seating will be at small tables surrounding the stage, with traditional seats along the space’s perimeter.
Trouble in Tahiti and Arias & Barcarolles - seating map - Boston Lyric Opera, 2018 - DCR Steriti Memorial 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.

Enjoy swanky bites and delicious drinks at the theater!

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A jazz trio sings of the charmed perfection of suburban life in the 1950s. In the house, married couple Sam and Dinah argue over breakfast. Each privately wishes to restore kindness to their marriage, but their fight continues.

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.

Articles

Study Guide

Reviews are In!

“A resonant new Boston Lyric Opera production[that] transforms the DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink into a glamorous 1950s-style nightclub…. “Arias” take[s] on new depths in this context”
Boston Globe

Guaranteed to transport you…. Contains some moments of melodic invention in addition to a great deal of wit. Lively direction kept the work pulsing forward… Marcus Deloach and Heather Johnson sang and acted splendidly… supported by a crackerjack team of chamber players under the direction of conductor David Angus”
Edge Media Network

Breathtakingly fabulous!… A smashing environment including all the supper club accoutrements one could possibly have anticipated. The singers are nothing short of spectacular…easily up to the demands of Bernstein’s intricate musicianship… It just simply doesn’t get any better than this.”
South Shore Critic

Thrilling and dynamic! Should not be missed! The kind of thought-provoking evening that I think Bernstein always strived for but never seemed to get through his music. The brilliance stems from the conceit of the production design: a full 1950s-style nightclub, complete with sangria and little bar bites. Absolutely beautiful…this is clever staging [with] incredibly brilliant touches Mara Bonde, Neal Ferreira, and Vincent Turregano all made for a delightfully irreverent Trio… clear, crystalline voices that effectively called back to the radio presenters Bernstein used as inspiration for the Trio. The Bernstein estate would be smart to encourage more opera companies to present these two works together, as the combination actually works exceedingly well on a thematic level.”
Schmopera

“A wonderful introduction to the world of opera for the uninitiated”
Theater Mirror


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