Trouble in Tahiti is a rarely performed 45-minute gem of an opera. Leonard Bernstein wrote this opera between his biggest Broadway successes - On the Town, Candide, and West Side Story. Set in a suburban American town, the piece criticises post-war American materialism using several different musical styles.
23rd, 25th, 26th & 27th September 2015
@ Brunel Museum Shaft
Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe
London SE16 4LF
Listed in Time Out as one of “London’s magical music venues” and Radio 4 described it as an “underground cathedral”.
Cast & Creative Team
Musical Director: Elspeth Wilkes
Movement Director: Suzannah Hall
Costume Designers: Sara Polonghini & Elisa Navacchi
Artwork: Anna Mill
This event lasts 45 mins with no interval. The door opens from 6:45. Latecomers will not be admitted. The venue is only accessible by climbing over a stile, and crouching through a 3-foot high doorway, and not suitable for wheelchair users and those with unsure footing, unfortunately. No heeled shoes are permitted. Please bring extra layers of clothing, as it will get chilly in the venue.
Please choose Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday from the list below:
Keiko Sumida - Director
Keiko graduated from Rose Bruford College specialising in physical theatre after studying piano and aesthetic in Japan. She has worked on theatre productions, operas, films, TV commercials and events. Her opera assistant director credits include: “Tosca” Dir. Sophie Gilpin, New London Opera Playes, “Neige” Dir. Catherine Kontz, Luxembourg Grand Theatre, “Suor Angelica” Dir. Aylin Bozok, Talent Unlimited, “Container” Dir. Martin Constantine, ENO/Lylian Baylis Studio, “Orpheo ed Euridice” Dir. Pamela Schermann, Rose Playhouse, “Werther” Dir. Aylin Bozok, Grimeborn Festival, “Daphne” Dir. Jose Gandia, Reform Club, “The Rake’s Progress”, Dir. Aylin Bozok, Bury Court Opera, “Lakme”, Dir. Aylin Bozok, Opera Holland Park, “Falstaff”, Dir. Phillip Guy Bromley, Black Cat Opera. This is her debut as an opera director.
Elspeth Wilkes - Musical Director
Born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, Elspeth has performed at St John’s Smith Square; Linbury Studio; Hackney Empire and Southwark Cathedral as well as recitals in Greece, Turkey, France and South Africa and at festivals including the Ravenna festival, Italy and the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival where she won the prestigious ‘Oscar’ award for outstanding performance. Elspeth has worked with BBC Wales, Royal Ballet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Lesley Garrett and Southbank Sinfonia and has worked as a musical director with Opera up Close, Co-Opera Company, Opera Brava, Operaroom and Opera de Bauge. Elspeth is assistant conductor with Barnes Choir and Thurrock Choral Society and a member of the Argento and Bridgetower trios.
Miriam Sharrad - Dinah
Soprano, Miriam Sharrad attained a Bachelor of Arts and Creative Arts, before making her debut with the Australian Opera Studio in 2004 where she trained with Gregory Yurisich. In the United Kingdom, Miriam has worked with the English Touring Opera, Grange Park Opera, Renard Productions, Opera South East, Opera Holland Park and has performed Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) for The Mastersingers, conducted by David Syrus, Schwertleite (Die Walküre) with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) with the Edinburgh Opera Players. Most recently, Miriam performed as part of the Colliers Wood Festival and will reprise the role of Mrs Galloway in The Opera Room’s, The Invited.
David Durham - Sam
David Durham trained at The Guildhall school of Music and Drama as a String player. Although after graduating he turned his artistic sights on the theatre and becoming an Actor. He worked through regional Rep theatres in UK and london, performing Shakespeare and various contemporary plays.Then came leading roles in musical theatre including: Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, National Tour; Mufasa in The Lion King, Lyceum; Ben Stone in Follies, Royal Festival Hall; Booker.T Washington in Ragtime, Piccadilly Theatre and amongst other 'Celebrities', Jeremy Paxman in Tom Morris' 'Newsnight the Opera' composed by Adrian Sutton for the BAC. He regularly appears as an Actor on Television for both BBC and ITV; taking guest roles in shows which include Law and Order, Merlin, EastEnders, Casualty, Doctors and Touch of Frost. He has also took leading roles in Scared (Independant) and Babymother (Fourmation) feature and short films. In Opera he has sung the roles of Germont Pere, La Traviata for Opera Up Close; at Soho and Tricycle Theatres in London. For the same company, Silvio in Pagliacci at the Kings Head, OUP Season. The Don in Don Giovanni for English Chamber Opera, touring England & Ireland. Scarpia in Tosca at St. John Smith’s Square. For Pavilion Opera, Germont Pere and Escamillo in Carmen; Uk and European tours. He has appeared as a Baritone Soloist at the Royal Albert Hall and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in major concerts events. In Solo recitals, David appears in London, around the U.K and in the Rep of Ireland, where he has made in his second home.
Sophie Pullen - Soprano Chorus
Sophie graduated with a Distinction and the Postgraduate Prize for Excellence from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2013. Operatic roles include Atalanta, Lauretta, Rose Maurrant, Galatea and Theodora. As a soloist with the Orchestra of St John’s she has performed at King’s Place, the Ashmolean Proms, Dorchester Abbey and St John’s Smith Square. Forthcoming work includes Adina – L’Elisir d’amore for Barefoot Opera Young Artists’ Tour, Damon –Acis & Galatea for Brighton Early Music Festival and NYE Strauss Gala at Smith Square. Sophie holds a first class Mathematics Degree and is based in Sussex where she studies with Laura Sarti.
Benjie del Rosario - Tenor Chorus
Benjie del Rosario trained at Trinity College of Music with John Wakefield. Opera roles include Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi); Fenton (Falstaff); Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni); Monostatos, 1st armed man and cover Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); Don Basilio and Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro); together with Don José (Carmen). He was also the lead tenor in Bel Canto’s Opera Hour, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival. His engagements include Opera Holland Park, Buxton G&S Company, Opera de Baugé, St Paul’s Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-Fields. Oratorio engagements encompass Haydn’s Creation and Harmoniemesse, together with Beethoven’s Mass in C. Work in 2013 at Opera de Baugé, where he was a Gilles Rodriguez Chorus Scholar, included covering the Messenger (Aida); and performing the spoken role of Ali Bey (Die Fledermaus). Work in 2014 saw him return to Opera de Baugé as Yakuside (Madam Butterfly) and covering Goro (Madam Butterfly) and Peppe ( I Pagliacci). He currently studies with Brian Parsons.
Barnaby Beer - Baritone Chorus
Barnaby Beer studied French and German at Bristol University. Most recently he sang the title role in Don Giovanni for St. Paul’s Opera. He has performed twice for Hampstead Garden Opera: firstly as Showman/Sergeant in Hugh the Drover, for which his performance garnered great critical acclaim, and secondly as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, which won Best Opera Production in the 2012 Off West End Theatre Awards. He has performed frequently for Opera South East including Marco/Gianni Schicchi, Captain Corcoran/HMS Pinafore and Ferrando/Il Trovatore. On the concert platform repertoire includes Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem and Bach's St. John Passion. He has performed recitals in Sussex, Devon and London.