Streetcar Named Desire
Made in the USA Series
Friday, April 6 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 8 at 2:30pm
This is the first production ever in Idaho of André Previn’s 1995 opera A Streetcar Named Desire, based on Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The production brings to Boise Conductor Alasdair Neale, Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Director, for his Opera Idaho debut.
In her Opera Idaho debut, soprano Julie Adams stars as Blanche, the deeply insecure, aging Southern belle who lives in a state of perpetual panic about her fading beauty. Adams is a former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera and this summer takes the lead female role of Mimi in that company’s mainstage production of Puccini’s La bohème. Baritone Gregory Gerbrandt is Blanche’s nemesis Stanley Kowalski, most famously portrayed by Marlon Brando in the play’s initial Broadway performance as well as the 1951 film adaptation. Gregory makes his fifth Opera Idaho appearance, previously appearing in leading roles in Glory Denied (2016), Evgeny Onegin (2015), L’elisir d’amore (2008) and The Mikado (2006).
The opera received its premiere at the San Francisco Opera in 1998 with Renee Fleming and Rod Gilfry in the roles of Blanche and Stanley, respectively, and was conducted by the composer himself. It has quickly developed into one of the most widely played contemporary operas. For Opera Idaho, the production is a “Made in the USA,” opera, reviving a series of American operas begun in 2010.