Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti on DVD(February 2003)
Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti on DVD
An award-winning film version of Leonard Bernstein's jazzy one act opera Trouble in Tahiti has been released on DVD. The film, a co-production between BBC Worldwide and Opus Arte, won the Vienna TV Award in April 2002 for Best Performance Film, and was screened to great acclaim on BBC2 Television in the UK.
A sparkling musical performance conducted by Paul Daniel is coupled with a witty production by Tom Cairns, using the latest special effects to blend superb genuine Fifties archive with specially shot footage.
The success of the film screenings led to Trouble in Tahiti's release on commercial DVD, which has been attracting further excellent reviews.
"Written in the early 1950s, Leonard Bernstein's two-hander (with trio mini chorus) about the shattered American dream of young marrieds Sam and Dinah comes up sparkling fresh in this made-for-television production by Tom Cairns. The visuals are stunning - a nostaliga fest for 1950s interiors fans. With seven short scenes lasting barely 50 minutes, it is an operatic "soap" avant la lettre. Wonderfully observed acting and singing performances by Karl Daymond and Stephanie Novacek in the leads. A Gem."
"The music is in Bernstein's richest vein: jazzy, melancholic and heart-warming all at once... Tom Cairns's film is wonderfully in-period, using plenty of archive Fifties footage, in all it Technicolour brashness, to frame the scenes of Dinah and Sam going through their domestic bad patch."
BBC Music Magazine
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