Our 2017 production of Leonard Bernstein’s short opera Trouble in Tahiti  premiered on YouTube on Wednesday 6 May at 7pm. It will be available until Monday 1 June.

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In 1950s suburbia, Sam (Quirijn de Lang) and Dinah (Wallis Giunta) appear to have the perfect life in their little white house. But their growing detachment exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie, as the American Dream turns suffocatingly sour.

Like his most famous musicals, Trouble in Tahiti combines Bernstein’s genius for melodic invention and heartfelt emotion with the distinctively American sound of Hollywood and Broadway.

Trouble in Tahiti was filmed live at Leeds Grand Theatre in October 2017 and directed by Ross MacGibbon. The production, which was directed for the stage by Matthew Eberhardt and conducted by Tobias Ringborg, formed part of Opera North’s award-winning series of short operas, The Little Greats.

The film of Trouble in Tahiti has been re-released as part of #OperaNorthAtHome with kind permission of Sky Arts.

Watch in accessible formats

The film of Trouble in Tahiti, originally commissioned by The Space, has been produced in accessible formats for D/deaf and hard of hearing, and blind or partially-sighted audience members.

The film is available with audio description or British Sign Language interpretation. Turn on ‘CC’ for captions. Films are also available on Opera North’s YouTube channel.

+ British Sign Language

+ Audio-description

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Trouble in Tahiti in a nutshell

Trouble in Tahiti in a nutshell

Explore the characters, musical highlights, our production design and more with this quick guide.

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