Contemporary Opera Marin

March 4th, 2022 - 4:45pm

Trouble in Tahiti


Contemporary Opera Marin

Paul Smith, director

American Chamber Operas...from a distance

Friday through Sunday
April 1 to 3, 2022

Two operas pertinent to, and staged for, these (socially distant) times.

Contemporary Opera Marin, the opera program of the College of Marin, Paul Smith, director, welcomes you back to live performances presented in a socially distanced way at the College of Marin, Kentfield campus, and throughout Marin County. As always, admission and parking are FREE!

Friday, April 1 at 7:30 pm
Lefort Recital Hall (PA72), Performing Arts Building, College of Marin Kentfield campus

Saturday, April 2 at 7 pm
Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seacape Dr., Muir Beach

Sunday, April 3 at 2 pm
Lefort Recital Hall (PA72), Performing Arts Building, College of Marin Kentfield campus

Sunday, April 3 at 7 pm
The Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station

Seating is limited. Advanced registration is required.


Trouble in Tahiti, an opera in seven scenes, by Leonard Bernstein (40 minutes)

Leonard Bernstein's early masterpiece for soprano and baritone, and a Greek chorus born of the radio commercial, is as relevant today as it was when it premiered in 1952. The jazzy, close harmony chorus sets the (socially distanced) stage for Sam and Dinah, an upwardly mobile couple have reached an impasse in their life together. An eclectic mix of jazz, musical theater, and operatic arias, with hints of the great melodies that marked Bernstein's future works. 

Introductions and Goodbyes by Lucas Foss (9 minutes)

The host welcomes his guests to a cocktail party in his home and then bids them goodbye. Whether the guests actually exist is the question. Written for baritone and (invisible) chorus, this delightful work is emblematic of the compositions of this overlooked American master.

Program length approximately 70 minutes. FREE admission and parking.

All attendees must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door by showing an original vaccination card or digital proof (QR code) from the State of California’s Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record website. All patrons attending indoor events are required to bring and wear masks at all times regardless of vaccination status.