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Catching up with Claude Heater: Original Trio Member in Trouble in Tahiti

May 15, 2018 12:35:36 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in opera singers, 2017/18 Season, #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s

As far as Google can tell, Claude Heater is the only living member of the original cast of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Back in 1952, Heater was the baritone in the vocal trio. Today, Heater is 90 and has lively memories of Bernstein and of many other figures in his long and vigorous life.
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“Trouble in Tahiti" Indeed

May 10, 2018 1:15:33 PM
By Lacey Upton posted in Film, 2017/18 Season, #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s, Identity

As BLO has been rehearsing and preparing Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, we have been getting a lot of feedback, both internally from our staff and artists and externally from our community members, about the pivotal scene that gives the opera its name.
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The Conductor Cometh: Leonard Bernstein

Apr 23, 2018 10:24:22 AM
By John Conklin posted in 2017/18 Season, #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, Conductors, Conducting

John Conklin curates a range of videos demonstrating Bernstein's versatility and expressiveness as a conductor.
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A Snapshot from 1952

Apr 17, 2018 2:26:49 PM
By John Conklin posted in John Conklin, 2017/18 Season, #tahitiBLO, Chronology, The Game of Dates, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s

From the Korean War to 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,' John Conklin explores events that occurred in 1952, the same year that Trouble in Tahiti premiered.
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Journey to Tahiti: The Genesis of Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti 

Apr 12, 2018 3:45:31 PM
By Richard Dyer posted in 2017/18 Season, #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s

The range of musical styles that Leonard Bernstein worked in is extraordinarily wide—but the range of subjects he engaged with is comparatively narrow, and all of the subjects came out of his own life: love, family, and all the various ties that bind.
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The Personal, Political Leonard Bernstein

Apr 11, 2018 2:53:43 PM
By Lucy Caplan posted in 2017/18 Season, #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s

Leonard Bernstein's multifaceted musical career, combined with his outspoken involvement in politics and general embrace of public life, made him into a person who seemed inseparable from the broader context in which he lived and worked.
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Get to Know Tahiti/Arias in 5 Minutes or Less

Mar 28, 2018 11:36:26 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in New Production, HIGH FIVE, 2017/18 Season, #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s

Get to know two Leonard Bernstein masterpieces, TROUBLE IN TAHITI and ARIAS & BARCAROLLES in 5 minutes or less before BLO's new production in May 2018.
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What do SCOTCH TAPE, CHE GUEVARA, and THE THREEPENNY OPERA have in common?

Mar 20, 2018 3:57:58 PM
By John Conklin posted in 2017/18 Season, #ThreepennyBLO, Brecht, Weill, Chronology, The Game of Dates

The Threepenny Opera had its first performance in Berlin on the 31st of August 1928—let’s explore what else occurred that year.
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“Mackie” Goes Wild: “Mack the Knife" Part II

Mar 16, 2018 11:47:12 AM
By John Conklin posted in 2017/18 Season, #ThreepennyBLO, Brecht, Weill

We have looked at and listened to some relatively straightforward renditions of the insidiously persuasive strains of “Mackie Messer,” or “Mack the Knife.” Here are some others--from the bizarre to the campy!
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Song about A Serial Killer Hits Top of the Charts: "Mack the Knife"

Mar 16, 2018 11:36:16 AM
By John Conklin posted in 2017/18 Season, #ThreepennyBLO, Brecht, Weill

Although a last-minute addition to the original production in 1928, “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer” has gone on to become its biggest hit.
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