17 Mar Florida Grand Opera Double Bill Conducting debut
Trouble in Tahiti – Leonard Bernstein/ Signor Deluso – Thomas Pasatieri
Florida Grand Opera
Caren Levine, Conductor (debut)
Saturday, March 20th at 8 pm
Sunday, March 21st at 3 pm
Miami Theater Center
9806 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33138
The opera portion of the season wraps up with a double bill. Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti paints an intimate picture of the troubled marriage of a young suburban couple Sam and Dinah, longing for love and the ability to communicate. As we follow their journey through a façade of overcompensation and materialism, Dinah sings one of the most famous mezzo-soprano arias, “What a movie!” depicting the movie Trouble in Tahiti she saw one afternoon. Emerging into a dreamlike sequence in which she immediately feels embarrassed for even conjuring the fantasy, we understand the yearning to escape within all of us.
Signor Deluso is an over the top, one-act opera by composer and librettist Thomas Pasatieri. The opera contains love melodies, musical patter, and confrontations and harmonies of resolution. It is loosely based on Molière’s 1660 comedy Sganarelle, ou Le Cocu imaginaire Sganarelle) or Cuckold the Imaginary). Performed in English, this piece resonates with vivacious, over-the-top comedic characters, familial expectations, and exuberant lovers, all leaping to wrong conclusions.
Both of these operas feature alumni and current singers from Florida Grand Opera’s Studio Artist Program as well as students from the University of Miami: baritone Nicholas Ward, soprano Amanda Sheriff, bass-baritone Andrew Simpson, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche, tenor Michael Miller, bass-baritone Thandolwethu Mamba and soprano Ashley Shalna.