Trouble in Tahiti / Festival del Sole / 2014

"The sass, spunk and poignancy of the 1950s came alive again in a fine performance of Leonard Bernstein's wry chamber opera Trouble in Tahiti last Thursday in the stone courtyard of the Castello di Amorosa as part of this year's Festival del Sole.

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Sam's aria at the gym [was] sung with great aplomb by baritone Matthew Worth. Worth is an exceptional singer with polished tone, excellent articulation and an innate sense for Bernstein's vigorous style... Sam's declamatory aria, "There are men who can make it and men who cannot," seemed to be the centerpiece of the opera, the lyrics self-congratulatory, Bernstein's music powered by propulsive brass -- especially for the bravado finale as Worth strutted about brandishing his latest athletic trophy. He too was rewarded with an outpouring of applause."
Jim Koelker, Napa Valley Register