Trouble in Tahiti is a one-act opera in seven scenes composed by Leonard Bernstein with an English libretto by the composer, dedicated to Marc Blitzstein. It is the darkest among Bernstein's "musicals", and the only one for which he wrote the words as well as the music. The opera received its first performance on 12 June 1952 at Bernstein's Festival of the Creative Arts on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts to an audience of nearly 3,000 people. The NBC Opera Theatre subsequently presented the opera on television in November 1952, a production which marked mezzo-soprano Beverly Wolff's professional debut in the role of Dinah. Wolff later reprised the role in the New York City Opera's first staging of the work in 1958. The original work is about 40 minutes long.

Librettist Leonard Bernstein
Date of composition 1952
Premiered 1952, June 12th (Brandeis University) in Waltham, MA, United States
Dedicated to Marc Blitzstein
Type Opera
Spoken language English
Instruments Voice (Baritone) - Sam, a businessman
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Dinah, his wife
Voice (Soprano) - 1st trio member
Voice (Tenor) - 2nd trio member
Voice (Baritone) - 3rd trio member
Autotranslations beta Leonard Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti
Leonard Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti
Leonard Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti