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Trouble in Tahiti
PREMIERE6/12/1952 — Brandeis University
COMPOSERLeonard Bernstein   
LIBRETTISTSLangston Hughes   Leonard Bernstein   
 
Synopsis

Trouble in Tahiti is a one-act opera in seven scenes composed by Leonard Bernstein with an English libretto by the composer. It is the darkest among Bernstein's "musicals", and one of only two for which he wrote the words and the music. (He also wrote the lyrics for the 1950 production of Peter Pan.) Trouble in Tahiti received its first performance on 12 June 1952 at Bernstein's Festival of the Creative Arts on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, to an audience of nearly 3,000 people. The NBC Opera Theatre subsequently presented the opera on television in November 1952, a production which marked mezzo-soprano Beverly Wolff's professional debut in the role of Dinah. Wolff later reprised the role in the New York City Opera's first staging of the work in 1958. The original work is about 40 minutes long.

MOST PRODUCED SINCE 2000
RANKTITLEPRODUCTIONS
89Trouble in Tahiti19
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89Trouble in Tahiti19
93Bluebeard's Castle18
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This work ranks as the #17 most produced North American title since 2000.

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