A Streetcar Named Desire
Composer: André Previn
Composer Bio: Conductor, composer and pianist André Previn is one of the most distinguished musicians of our time. His first opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, premiered at San Francisco Opera in 1998, with Renée Fleming as Blance Dubois and the composer at the podium. The opera was subsequently telecast on PBS and released on CD by Deutsche Grammophon (Grammy and Grand Prix du Disques awards), and it has been performed internationally.

Mr. Previn’s many honors include Germany’s Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit, a Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement, ten Grammy Awards and the Glenn Gould Foundation’s Glenn Gould Prize. Musical America has also named him Musician of the Year (1999), and in 1996, he was awarded the KBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

He regularly appears with such orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and San Francisco Symphony orchestras. He has held the chief artistic posts with such esteemed orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1985–89); Pittsburgh Symphony (1976–84); Royal Philharmonic (music director: 1985–88; principal conductor: 1988–91); London Symphony (music director: 1969–79; conductor laureate: since 1993); and Houston Symphony (1967–70), and has toured with all of them worldwide. In 2006, Mr. Previn completed a four-year term as music director of the Oslo Philharmonic.
Librettist: Philip Littell
Other Artistic Personnel: André Previn (Conductor)
Colin Graham (Stage Director)
Michael Yeargan (Sets)
Thomas J. Munn (Lighting)
Original Cast: Renee Fleming/Susannah Glanville (Blanche DuBois)
Elizabeth Futral/Peggy Kriha Dye (Stella Kowalski)
Rodney Gilfrey/David Okerlund (Stanley Kowalski)
Anthony Dean Griffey/Jay Hunter Morris (Mitch)
Judith Forst (Eunice Hubbell)
Matthew Lord (Steve Hubbell)
Luis Oropeza (Pablo Gonzales)
Jeffrey Lentz (A Young Collector)
Josepha Gayer (A Mexican) Woman)
Ray Reinhardt (A Doctor)
Lynne Soffer (A Nurse)
Premiere Date: September 19, 1998
Producing Company: San Francisco Opera
Description: Based on Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play, set in New Orleans. Blanche DuBois, a fragile, aging southern beauty concealing an unsavory past behind an aristocratic facade, meets her downfall at the hands of her crudely-sensual brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.
Character List (Major): Blanche Dubois(s)
Stanley Kowalski(bar)
Stella Kowalski(s)
Character List (Minor): Harold Mitchell(t)
Eunice Hubbell(mz)
Steve Hubbell(t)
Bit Parts: A Young Collector(t)
Mexican Woman(mz)
Nurse
Doctor
Pablo Gonzales
Comments: Recorded by DGG (Grand prix du disque); televised by ^Great Performances` (PBS), December 30, 1998 (Emmy nomination). Available on home video/DVD. Future performances: New Orleans Opera: 3/2000; San Diego Opera, 4/2000; European premiere planned for 11/2001 in Strasbourg, France. Concert Suite from the opera premiered by Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood, 1999; excerpts performed by London Symphony Orchestra, 6/2000. Other future productions include Switzerland and Germany.
Video Clip:
Length: 02:45
Total Acts: 3
Orchestration: 3 fl(2picc, 2 afl), 2 ob(Eng Hrn), 3 cl(Ebcl, asx, bcl), 2 bsn(cbn) - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, 1 tba - timp(bdr), 2 perc - hp, cel - str
Musical Style: Contemporary idiom with some jazz influences
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
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Phone: 212-254-2100
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)
Friday, April 24, 2015 - Opera Santa Barbara
A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)
Friday, February 13, 2015 - Kentucky Opera
A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - Virginia Opera
A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)
Thursday, August 2, 2007 - Opera Australia
A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)
Friday, January 18, 2002 - Austin Opera
A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)
Saturday, April 22, 2000 - San Diego Opera Association
A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)
Wednesday, March 22, 2000 - New Orleans Opera Association
A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)
Saturday, September 19, 1998 - San Francisco Opera
A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)
- Lyric Opera of Chicago
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