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Leonard Bernstein

Multitalented master

Born August 25, 1918, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Died October 14, 1990, New York, New York
About Leonard Bernstein

One of the most important American musical figures of the twentieth century, as theater and concert composer, conductor, and writer; Bernstein's musical theater works often merge the worlds of broadway and opera, as in his "Broadway Operetta," Candide. The only works he himself referred to as "operas" were the one-act Trouble in Tahiti and the evening-length work into which he later incorporated it, A Quiet Place.

  • Trouble in Tahiti, opera in one act
    Libretto by the composer.
    June 12, 1952, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • A Quiet Place (incorporating Trouble in Tahiti), opera in three acts
    Libretto by Stephen Wadsworth after an original libretto by the composer.
    June 17, 1983, Houston, Texas

Other Selected Works
  • On the Town, musical (1944)
  • Wonderful Town, musical (1953)
  • Candide, operetta (1956)
  • West Side Story, musical (1957)
  • Mass, theater piece (1971)
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, musical (1976)

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Leonard Bernstein at Amazon.com

Leonard Bernstein

A Quiet Place (complete opera, incorporating Trouble in Tahiti)

ORF Symphony Orchestra/Bernstein

2 CD / Deutsche Grammophon 419 761 2 (1986)

"What a movie" from Trouble in Tahiti/A Quiet Place


Dawn Upshaw

The World So Wide

CD / Nonesuch 79458 (1998)

Trouble in Tahiti


Leonard Bernstein

The Bernstein Century: Trouble in Tahiti, Facsimile, Etc.

Brown, Butlet/Bernstein

CD / Sony 60969 (1999)

"Glitter and be gay" from Candide


Renee Fleming

I Want Magic! American Opera Arias

CD / Polygram 160567 (1998)

Leonard Bernstein

Trouble in Tahiti

Cortese, cond

CD / Newport Classics 60969 (199)

Bibliography Search for books by and about Leonard Bernstein at Amazon.com

"Mommy, are you here " from A Quiet Place


Boosey & Hawkes American Arias: Soprano

Boosey and Hawkes 2004

A Simple Song from Mass

"There's a law" from Trouble in Tahiti


Boosey & Hawkes American Arias: Bass

Boosey and Hawkes 2004

A Simple Song from Mass

"There is a garden" from Trouble in Tahiti

"What a movie!" from Trouble in Tahiti


Boosey & Hawkes American Arias: Mezzo-Soprano

Boosey and Hawkes 2004

Last update: January 1, 2009