REVIEW:Trouble in Paradise — Double-Bill at Curtis Opera (for Parterre Box)

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Trouble in Paradise at Curtis Opera. (Photo by William M. Brown)

Although Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti is always categorized as an opera, the piece certainly has one foot planted firmly in his jazzy musical-theater style.

Never was this clearer than in Chas Rader-Shieber’s mash-up double bill with the umbrella title Trouble in Paradise, where the director paired Tahiti intriguingly but ultimately pointlessly with Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in a pretentious conflation that was simultaneously over-conceptualized and insufficiently thought through…

Read the entire review at Parterre Box.

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