Washington National Opera: A Streetcar Named Desire
Performed in English with English surtitles.
- May 15 - Jun. 2, 2004
- Opera House
- 3 hr. 15 min.
- $41.00 - $285.00
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Andre Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prize-winning play, is "a genuine and wholly accessible hit..the best new opera I've seen and heard...in 25 years" (The Wall Street Journal). Appealing to both theater and opera lovers, the music "does exactly what it should do for an opera. It reveals why people feel the way that they do. No explanation is necessary" (Los Angeles Times).
When beautiful but fragile Blanche Dubois seeks refuge from her shadowy past in the steamy New Orleans home of her sister Stella, she finds suspicion, hostility, and a simmering violence. The ever-increasing resentment and sexual attraction forced on Blanche by her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski brings the story to its disturbing climax.
In his Washington Opera debut, the young New Zealander Teddy Tahu Rhodes "has the right stuff for Stanley: bold baritone, unrestrained venality, childlike moments, and, of course, impecable pectorals" (Austin American Statesman). He shares the role with Mel Ulrich, hailed for his "trim, elegant baritone and striking physical grace" (Opera news).
- André Previn
- Brad Dalton
News and Reviews
Related – "Opera Sets 'Sophie's Choice' for '06
The Washington Post– Washington, DC (Dec.6, 2005)