Three One-Act American Operas

November 7 3:00 PM Very Little Theatre, 23rd & Hilyard Streets, Eugene 1-800-821-6233 Website

The Eugene Opera's Artist Mentor Program will present three American operas, including Leonard Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti," on Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m., at the Very Little Theatre in Eugene.

The three one-act operas, which also include George Gershwin's "Blue Monday" and Samuel Barber's "A Hand of Bridge," will be staged, with piano accompaniment by Cory Battey and AMP music director John Jantzi. All three operas will be sung in English.

"Trouble in Tahiti," one of Bernstein’s best-loved operas, takes a melancholy look at the difference between the happy, picture-perfect image a 1950s couple presents to the world and the turbulent reality their life together has become.

A snapshot of mid-century America, "A Hand of Bridge" follows two couples playing cards as they simultaneously think about issues affecting their lives. Each player's internal monologue complements the others until the end of the hand.

"Blue Monday" is a jazz opera whose influences are felt in Gershwin's later "Rhapsody in Blue." Set in a bar in America's Roaring Twenties jazz age, the story focuses on primal emotions of love, hate, passion, and jealousy.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For advance tickets or information, call (800) 821-6233. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The operas are presented in cooperation with The Very Little Theatre.
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