A Barber & Bernstein Double Bill: A Hand of Bridge & Trouble in Tahiti

A Barber & Bernstein Double Bill: A Hand of Bridge & Trouble in Tahiti

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The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts

156 Armagh Street

Christchurch, Canterbury 8011

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A sparkling double bill of American operas by Barber and Bernstein, presented by NZ's most exciting and innovative pint-sized opera company.

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Toi Toi Opera presents:

A Barber & Bernstein Double Bill: A Hand of Bridge & Trouble in Tahiti

Venue: The Philip Carter Family Concert Hall at The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Ōtautahi Christchurch

  • Friday 19 August 2022, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday 20 August 2022, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Saturday 20 August 2022, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sunday 21 August 2022, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Toi Toi Opera is fast establishing a reputation as NZ's most exciting and innovative pint-sized opera company. Join them in August as they present Leonard Bernstein's one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti (in its 70th Anniversary year), and two works by Samuel Barber - the one-act opera A Hand of Bridge, and Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for solo soprano.

The pieces are musically and dramatically complementary, providing an intimate and moving insight into the lived reality of middle-class American suburban life in the 20th century, and of just how far short it fell for many of the 'American dream' that they had been sold. In each instance, the audience is invited to delve underneath a picture-perfect cookie-cutter façade, as the protagonists grapple with their feelings of loneliness, emptiness and isolation, and question the meaningfulness of lives dedicated to the pursuit of 'more' and 'better'.

Sexy, poignant, funny, and oh-so-relatable! This sparkling new production, designed by Christy Lassen, and with sumptuous costuming by Tina Hutchison-Thomas, will transport you back to the Golden Age of the 1950s.

Directed by Matthew Kereama, with Musical Direction by Rachel Fuller, the production stars some of New Zealand's finest young operatic talent.

A fully-staged production, sung in English, with chamber orchestra. Contains adult themes.

For wheelchair seating and inquiries, or special seating requirements for patrons with impaired mobility, please email: toitoiopera@gmail.com

A refund, less booking fee, readily available in the event of COVID-19 causing cancellation or postponement of this event.

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