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Opera Piccola: Trouble in Tahiti

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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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