"A Barber & Bernstein Double Bill: A Hand of Bridge & Trouble in Tahiti" - Toi Toi Opera

Time & Date
21st August 2022
2:00 - 3:30pm
The Philip Carter Family Concert Hall

Toi Toi Opera presents:

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

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 sparkling one-act opera 'Trouble in Tahiti' (in its 70th Anniversary year), and two works by Samuel Barber - the witty one-act opera 'A Hand of Bridge', and the gorgeous '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 fa├žade, 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'.

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.

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.