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Opera Piccola: Trouble in Tahiti


An early critique of the ’50s, Little Boxes culture of conformity, Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (1952) follows the husband and wife pair of baritone businessman Sam and his mezzo-soprano wife Dinah as they navigate a failing marriage. Bernstein’s first and only opera in which he wrote the music and words, Trouble in Tahiti commits to conversational language of the era, even including a Greek chorus of scat-singing jazz musicians. This commitment to the common word makes Tahiti a perfect fit for SA’s Opera Piccolo, dedicated to intimate performances from classic and contemporary canons, sung always in English. $15-$50, 8pm Saturday, 2:30pm Sunday, Empire Theatre, 226 N St. Mary's, (210) 226-5700, majesticempire.com. —Matt Stieb

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