An American dream in Amsterdam

In Leonard Bernstein’s 'Trouble in Tahiti', popular songs, familiar advert tunes and a good dose of humour form the basis for an uncompromising criticism of American materialism. This short opera in one act is about the repressed marital problems of Sam and Dinah, a young couple living in an American suburb. In contrast to the ideal image of the American Dream, Sam and Dinah are desperately unhappy.

'Clemency', by the Scottish composer James MacMillan, is a small-scale opera with five singers and a chamber ensemble made up only of strings to create a compact, homogenous sound.
The story is about Abraham and Sarah, who are visited by three mysterious people. Are they angels, divine beings or even terrorists?

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