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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 1950s, Leonard Bernstein, #tahitiBLO, 2017/18 Season, opera singers

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 1950s, Film, Leonard Bernstein, 2017/18 Season, Identity, #tahitiBLO

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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Dinah's Dream: A Psychoanalyst's View

May 4, 2018 4:31:52 PM
By Dr. Lawrence St. Clair posted in #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, Psychoanalysis, 1950s

Dinah visits her analyst in a pivotal scene in Trouble in Tahiti. Bernstein was himself very familiar with psychoanalysis and the use of dream interpretation in psychotherapy.
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The Conductor Cometh: Leonard Bernstein

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

John Conklin curates a range of videos demonstrating Bernstein's versatility and expressiveness as a conductor.
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Transforming Spaces for Opera

Apr 18, 2018 12:23:47 PM
By BLO Staff posted in Leonard Bernstein, creative team, #tahitiBLO, Burke & Hare, #BurkeBLO, world premiere, New Production, scenic design

Boston Lyric Opera has a long history of creativity in building new spaces for opera. Perhaps our most unique example is our upcoming production of Trouble in Tahiti and Arias & Barcarolles, running May 11-20 at DCR Steriti Ice Rink.
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A Snapshot from 1952

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

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 1950s, Leonard Bernstein, #tahitiBLO, 2017/18 Season

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 1950s, Leonard Bernstein, #tahitiBLO, 2017/18 Season

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 #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s, 2017/18 Season, HIGH FIVE, New Production

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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Opera in an Ice Rink?

Jan 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM
By Anna B. Labykina posted in #tahitiBLO, New Production, venue

Anna B. Labykina talks about why DCR Steriti Memorial Rink is the perfect unconventional venue for opera. Trouble in Tahiti runs May 11-20.
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