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October 2017

11 Wednesday
West Side Story
RCM Brass Ensemble/Nigel Black
Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom
Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra/Edo Micic
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Chichester Psalms
Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi / Orfeón Pamplonés/Robert Treviño
Palacio Euskalduna Jauregia, Bilbao, Spain
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden/Franz Brochhagen
Semper Zwei, Dresden, Germany
Opera North/Tobias Ringborg
Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds, United Kingdom
Symphony No. 3: Kaddish
American Symphony Orchestra/Leon Botstein
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, USA
09:00 pm
Trouble in Tahiti
Leeds Grand Theatre, 6 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NZ, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK This new production of Leonard Bernstein's satire on the American Dream is presented as part of Opera North's season of short operas, The Little Greats 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. Sam escapes to the hyper-masculine, win-or-lose world of work and the gym, while Dinah loses herself in the movies, where the hit picture of the day is the ominously-titled Trouble in Tahiti. A jazz trio provides an ironic gloss on the story, pointing up the stark contrast between the unreal fantasy of domestic bliss peddled by the ad-men and the painful truth of Sam and Dinah’s lives. Bernstein’s score for his deeply touching first opera is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of Hollywood and Broadway.