Opera North’s Trouble in Tahiti


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Travel to the 1950’s American suburbia from your living room!

Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their little white house. But their growing detachment exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie. Sam escapes to the hyper-masculine, win-or-lose world of work and the gym, while Dinah loses herself in the movies, where the hit picture of the day is the ominously-titled Trouble in Tahiti. A jazz trio provides an ironic gloss on the story, pointing up the stark contrast between the unreal fantasy of domestic bliss peddled by the ad-men and the painful truth of Sam and Dinah’s lives. Bernstein’s score for his deeply touching first opera is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of Hollywood and Broadway.

The film of Trouble in Tahiti, originally commissioned by The Space, has been produced in accessible formats for D/deaf and hard of hearing, and blind or partially-sighted audience members.


DINAH: Wallis Giunta

SAM: Quirijn de Lang

JAZZ TRIO: Fflur Wyn, Joseph Shovelton, Nicholas Butterfield

JUNIOR: Charlie Southby

DIRECTOR (stage): Matthew Eberhardt

Director (video): Ross MacGibbon

CONDUCTOR: Tobias Ringborg

SET DESIGNER: Charles Edwards


LIGHTING DESIGNERS: Charles Edwards / Ben Pickersgill


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Photo credit: Opera North

Accessibility Info

The film is available in full, for free, with audio description, British Sign Language interpretation, or British Sign Language interpretation with subtitles and are also available on Opera North’s YouTube channel. Audio describer: Lynn Thornton.


Accessibility: Audio described, Captioned, Dementia friendly

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