The Oberlin Opera Theater’s A Salute to Leonard Bernstein opens this week as a centennial celebration of the late composer’s birthday. Act 1 features the opera Trouble in Tahiti, a satire on married life and the false promise of American consumerism in the 20th century. It centers around Sam and Dinah, an unhappy couple who attempt to re-discover what they lost in the monotony of middle-class suburbia.
Act 2 features a showcase of Bernstein’s most recognizable musical theater hits including numbers from West Side Story, On the Town, and Candide. It highlights a wide range of infectious dance numbers, comedic arias, and romantic ballads.
“Very few places else can you hear Bernstein’s operatic and musical theater styles performed in the same evening, let alone by such talented young musicians,” said Conservatory junior Shawn Roth, who portrays Sam in Trouble in Tahiti on Wednesday and Saturday.
A Salute to Leonard Bernstein runs Nov. 7, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in Hall Auditorium.