A Streetcar Named Desire
26 March 2012
By André Previn
Libretto by Philip Littell
Based on the play by Tennessee Williams
"WHO WANTS REAL? I KNOW I DON'T WANT IT. I WANT MAGIC!"
Blanche DuBois—the fading southern belle who retreats into fantasy to escape from the brutal reality in which she’s forced to live. She’s a wounded, haughty, vulnerable, delusional misfit—a woman who won’t face the sensual side of herself and yet always succumbs to it. And when she moves in with her sister Stella and her sexually ruthless husband Stanley—worlds explode.
Blanche is one of the great parts for any actress, immortalized in the famous Tennessee Williams play, later on film, and now in opera. Experience the magnificent Renée Fleming in the role that was composed especially for her by André Previn, one of America’s iconic musicians.
This production will be like no other ever seen at Lyric! Costumes, props, and evocative lighting create the atmosphere, with the action taking place in front of the full orchestra—which will be onstage!
You want magic? Here it is.
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“One ingredient above all contributed to Streetcar’s success and that was Renée Fleming…her lustrous voice, glamorous looks, and generous acting brought the character to life as an operatic heroine…a worthy successor to the Blanche immortalized on film by Vivien Leigh.” Associated Press
As the character that Marlon Brando made famous, “Teddy Tahu Rhodes has the ideal physique for Stanley…when he adds a guttural growl to the sweet resonance of his baritone, we understand how dangerous this character can be.” Sydney Morning Herald
Susanna Phillips’s Lucia last fall brought thunderous ovations. “With her beautiful gleaming voice” (Chicago Classical Review) and native southern charm, she’ll be a captivating Stella, the understanding sister and lustful wife.
As Mitch, Blanche’s would-be suitor, Anthony Dean Griffey “was both moving and disturbing.” Concertonet.com
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STARS OF THE OPERA
Blanche Dubois Renée Fleming
Stella Kowalski Susanna Phillips
Stanley Kowalski Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Harold "Mitch" Mitchell Anthony Dean Griffey