Trouble in Tahiti
Other Plays by Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein, Leonard, “Trouble in Tahiti,”
a 45-minute opera in English, in seven scenes, set in suburban sites, U.S.A., 1952,
(+ trio as chorus)
© 1995 by Leonard Bernstein;
• in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Vhs Video Edition, VHS Tape (Lincoln, Nebraska: Kubicek & Assocs., 1995), ISBN: 6302560063, telephone 402-435-4607;
• also © 1952 by NBC Television Network, in “The NBC Opera Theatre. Trouble in Tahiti / NBC Television presents; director, Kirk Browning; producer, Samuel Chotzinoff; libretto, music, orchestra and chorus conducted by Leonard Bernstein. . . . Published: United States: NBC Television Network, 1952-11-16. . . . Description: 1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 45 min.): sd., b&w; 3/4 in. viewing copy. 1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 45 min.): sd., b&w; 1 in. master. 1 reel (r1-2) (ca. 1620 ft.): sd., b&w; 16 mm. arch pos. 2 reels of 2 (ca. 1620 ft.): si., b&w; 16 mm. arch neg. 2 reels of 2 (ca. 1620 ft.): sd.; 16 mm. neg trk. . . . LC Call No.: VBH 1602 (viewing copy), VTA 6293 (master), FUA 0441 (arch pos), FSA 4317-4318 (arch neg), FSA 4319-4320 (neg trk). . . . Notes: Series and episode titles appear on main title respectively as The NBC Opera Theatre presents and Trouble in Tahiti;
• series title listed in NBC program analysis files, programs file [MI], from 1966M to 1966N as NBC Opera Theatre; Variety television reviews, v. 15, p. 242 lists the following variant forms of the series title: Opera Theatre, NBC-TV Opera Theatre and NBC Television Opera Theatre. . . . NBC Opera Theatre is the name of both the series and the opera company, which was formed in late 1949. . . . Series title changed four times: original series title is The NBC Opera Theater;
• starting with 12/25/50 program, title changed to The NBC Opera Theatre;
• starting with 4/25/53 program, title changed to NBC Opera Theatre; on 1/13/57, title changed to NBC Opera Company;
• starting with 1963-1964 season, title changed to NBC Opera; LC holds programs under each of these titles. DLC. . . . Music and artistic director, Peter Herman Adler; jazz trio, Constance Brigham, Robert Kole, William Harder. Beverly Wolff (Dinah), David Atkinson (Sam). Credits from NBC program analysis files, programs file [MI], from 1966M to 1966N; telecast date taken from leader and confirmed in NBC program analysis files, programs file [MI], from 1966M to 1966N; wrong date of 11/16/53 appears on leader of reel 2 of arch neg. . . . This opera was given its premiere in June 1952 at Brandeis University and this telecast is the tv premiere. Archival pos appears complete in one reel and is on a 1600 foot reel; arch neg and neg trk appear complete in two reels. DLC. . . . Running time given as 45 minutes in NBC TV master books [MI], 11/16/52 and Variety television reviews, v. 4, 11/19/52 and as 30 minutes in NBC program analysis files, programs file [MI], from 1966M to 1966N. . . . NBC inventory box no. 689 (reel 1 of arch neg and neg trk), 1089 (reel 2 of arch neg and neg trk) and 1173 (arch pos) and title on inventory, NBC Opera. DLC Operation no. 52-4569. . . . On original film can of reel 2 of arch neg and neg trk: LOC 1177; unable to determine relationship to program. . . . Sources used: NBC program analysis files, programs file [MI], from 1966M to 1966N and title file [MI], from NBC to NBC; Variety television reviews, v. 15, p. 242; Castleman, H. The TV schedule book; NBC TV master books [MI], 11/16/52; Variety television reviews, v. 4, 11/19/52. . . . Received: 3/29/91 from LC video lab; viewing copy and master; preservation; NBC Television Collection. . . . Received: 7/16/86; arch pos, arch neg and neg trk; gift; NBC Television Collection. . . . Subjects: Operas. Music. mim, Television. mim, Series. mim. . . . Other authors: NBC Television Collection (Library of Congress) DLC. . . . Control No.: 96514127/MP.
Sam (m), __, suburban husband; Dinah (f), __, suburban wife.
“This one-act opera deals with one day in the lives of a suburban couple, who have been married for ten years and have now reached a point where boredom has set in. They want to get back together, but something holds them apart. They have breakfast and then Sam goes to work and later to his atheletic club. Dinah goes to her psychiatrist, to an afternoon movie, entitled Trouble in Tahiti, and then back home in time to make dinner for Sam. After trying to make conversation at home in the evening, Sam suggests a movie and they leave for the movie where they will not have to communicate with one another. A jazz trio plays the role of a Greek chorus, giving the plot of the story from time to time.”—Bibliographical data and summary taken from NBC program analysis files, programs file [MI], from 1966M to 1966N via http://lcweb.loc.gov/cgi-bin/zgate?present+79746+Default+6+ 1+F+1.2.840.10003.5.10+6, May 8, 1997.
“[The play] has two characters, Sam and Dinah. There is a ‘Greek chorus’ trio which comments on the stage business. Written and premiered on television in 1952.”—Vincent A. Martin via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, April 13, 1995.
athletic club, boredom, breakfast, communication, decade, dinner, Greek chorus, jazz, longtime relationship, marriage, movie, plot, psychiatry, reconciliation, suburbia, work.