The Boston Lyric Opera puts on a Leonard Bernstein double billing. First up is “Trouble in Tahiti,” a one-act opera about unhappiness brewing in an otherwise “perfect” 1950s American marriage. Then comes a fitting complement: “Arias and Barcarolles,” a song cycle that, while wide-ranging in stylistic material, focuses on the life of a relationship.
21CM Takeaway: This is an opportunity to catch not just a top-notch live performance of rarely heard Bernstein pieces, but also to witness some innovative staging. Designer Paul Tate dePoo III transforms the DCR Steriti Memorial Rink into a 1950s Manhattan nightclub, complete with jutting proscenium and individual cabaret tables for the audience.