Toi Toi Opera is fast establishing a reputation as NZ's most exciting and innovative pint-sized opera company.

Join them as they present Leonard Bernstein's one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti (in its 70th anniversary year), and two works by Samuel Barber - the one-act opera A Hand of Bridge, and Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for solo soprano.

The pieces are musically and dramatically complementary, providing an intimate and moving insight into the lived reality of middle-class American suburban life in the 20th century, and just how far short it fell for many of the 'American dream' that they had been sold.

In each instance, the audience is invited to delve underneath a picture-perfect cookie-cutter façade, as the protagonists grapple with their feelings of loneliness, emptiness and isolation, and question the meaningfulness of lives dedicated to the pursuit of more and better.

Directed by Matthew Kereama, with Musical Direction by Rachel Fuller, the production stars some of New Zealand's finest young operatic talent. 

A fully-staged production, sung in English, with chamber orchestra.

For wheelchair seating and inquiries, or special seating requirements for patrons with impaired mobility, please email

A refund, less the booking fee, is readily available in the event of COVID-19 causing cancellation or postponement of this event.