Trouble in Tahiti
15, 17, 18 AUGUST 2012 at 19h30
The Fugard Theatre
Cape Town Opera presents
Trouble in Tahiti
The Musical Marriages of Leonard Bernstein
Suburban bliss unravels in Bernstein’s 1-act opera. Trouble in Tahiti recounts the events of a typical day in the life of an unhappily married couple desperately trying to keep up appearances...
Characteristically, Bernstein filled the piece with gloriously memorable tunes drawing on a wide range of musical styles, ranging from heartfelt operatic arias to toe-tapping numbers.
Cape Town Opera’s head vocal coach Ean Smit: Showstopper "WHAT A MOVIE" [click to watch]
With only 3 performances at The Fugard (1st performance SOLD OUT), tickets are limited – so BOOK NOW.
This short opera is packed full of amazing scenes, a favorite is the very moving duet when Sam and Dinah meet on the street in the middle of the day and both make up lies just so they don’t have to avoid each other. Sam say’s “Well, of all people ….” They go onto sing one of the opera’s most heartfelt arias…
Why did I have to lie – to avoid another hour together?
Is it better to sit alone in a crowded restaurant, catch up on last week’s magazines?
What do we need to make us friends again?
We’re not so very far apart.
We like the same movies, the same parties,
We have our little child…
What makes this emptiness? Tell me when these silences began?
Why did I have to lie?
Long ago, you were all strength and life and joy to me.
All magic, all music, all life to me;
My heart and mind;
You were my love, the sun and night to me.
That was then.
This is now.
Years have gone, nearly ten,
And what has happened to dull the mystery?
And where is our garden with a quiet place?
Why can’t we try to find the way again
To peace and life?
Why can’t we find the way, the way to life again?
Can’t we find the way back to the garden, to the garden, where we began?
Leonard Bernstein was one of the most dynamic musicians of the 20th century, a highly influential American conductor, composer, pianist and educator. Through popular television appearances and genre-fusing compositions such as West Side Story, he built bridges between the worlds of classical, jazz and popular music, and throughout his life he took delight in shedding light on musical masterpieces for a wide, non-specialist audience.
MUSICAL DIRECTOR Alex Fokkens
DIRECTOR Matthew Wild
SET/COSTUME DESIGNER Tina Driedijk
LIGHTING DESIGNER TBC
Sam Thato Machona
Dinah Violina Anguelov
1st trio member Nonhlanhla Yende
2nd trio member Lukhanyo Moyake
3rd trio member Owen Metsileng
45minute presentation by Matthew Wild
Bernstein's love for Broadway Music [click to watch]
Showstopper "WHAT A MOVIE" [click to watch]
Top C's done with great flair and style [click to watch]
Fantastic Cast [click to watch]
Trouble in Tahiti [click to watch]
Audience connects to Bernstein's entertaining music [click to watch]
Playful & Clever designs + Running order of the evening [click to watch]
Live Opera on stage at The Fugard [click to watch]
Brilliant opportunity for CTO singers [click to watch]
Accessible and Affordable [click to watch]
Perfection of the Fifties [click to watch]
About Dina [click to watch]
Expressive piece [click to watch]
Emotions [click to watch]
Broadway musical vs Opera [click to watch]
Audiences enjoy relative works [click to watch]
Ticket prices R90 throughout with R10 discount to both Friends of CTO and Friends of the Fugard
Patrons are kindly reminded to switch off their cellular telephones during performances
The use of cameras or recording equipment is not allowed during the performance
Please note casting and dates are subject to change without prior notice