Tulsa Opera and Philbrook Museum
present Trouble in Tahiti
In a special one-time performance, Philbrook Museum of Art and Tulsa Opera team up for a lively look at marriage and suburbia in Leonard Bernstein’s one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti. On Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. we will bring this popular one-act opera to Philbrook’s Patti Johnson Wilson Hall. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, available for purchase through the Philbrook website, here.
Staged in conjunction with the exhibition American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow, this performance is set amid a seemingly idyllic suburban backdrop and depicts a day in the unhappy life of a young couple. The story was allegedly based on Bernstein’s own parents. Bernstein’s musical style is instantly recognizable, jazzy, and uniquely American. Read more about Leonard Bernstein, here.
This performance will feature Tulsa Opera’s studio artists with an introduction by Tulsa Opera’s Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas. The studio artists are visiting opera singers training with the artistic staff of Tulsa Opera. The performance will be directed by Rebecca Herman. Herman is a stage director based in Austin, Texas, who works regularly with Austin Lyric Opera and The University of Texas Butler Opera Center.
The exhibition, American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow, is open now through May 15, 2011 in the Helmerich Gallery. It’s definitely an exhibit you don’t want to miss! From the late 1920s to the 1950s, streamlining became the popular American design idiom for objects ranging from toy scooters to typewriters. Sleek aerodynamic styling embodied a new and modern beauty. This exhibition features more than 180 objects by such designers as Raymond Loewy, Henry Dreyfuss, Norman Bel Geddes and Walter Dorwin Teague.
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