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LU Opera Theatre performs Bernstein's 'Trouble in Tahiti'

Rothwell Recital HallLamar Opera Theatre will present a fully staged performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti" April 17-19 in the Rothwell Recital Hall. Bernstein’s witty one-act opera set to jazz rhythms depicts a couple’s marital challenges and longing for love beneath the sunny veneer of 1950s American suburbia.

"Leonard Bernstein was on his honeymoon in 1951 when he began composing his one-act opera, ‘Trouble in Tahiti,’ a candid portrait of a troubled marriage,” said Serdar Ilban, director of Lamar Opera Theatre and assistant professor of voice in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. “Written between Bernstein’s biggest Broadway successes, ‘On the Town’ and ‘West Side Story,’ ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ draws upon popular song 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. Given the challenges it presents for our cast and its multi-faceted entertainment value, ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ seemed an ideal choice to wrap up our season.”

In addition to “Trouble in Tahiti,” Lamar Opera Theatre's program will include select scenes and arias from other operas.

Collaborative pianist Sungmee Kim will provide piano accompaniment for the production. All scenes and arias are performed in original languages with projected supertitles of synopses and translations.

Showtimes will be Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

General admission is $10. Tickets must be reserved in advance and may be picked up at the box office (cash only) prior to the show. For tickets or more information, call the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at (409) 880-8144.