A Streetcar Named Desire.
Stephen Sondheim may have been right after all. Tennessee Williams's haunting 1947 tragedy, A Streetcar Named Desire A Streetcar Named Desire may refer to:
tr.v. strewed, strewn or strewed, strew·ing, strews
1. To spread here and there; scatter: strewing flowers down the aisle.
2. with far worse first operas -- and luxurious casting and Previn's presence in the pit for the premiere at the War Memorial Opera House somewhat compensated for the score's shortcomings -- but Williams's muse, for the most part, has resisted the lure of song. Blanche DuBois may find her fantasy world crashing around her, but she need never depend on the kindness of operaphiles.
Not that Williams's dark music has been completely ignored. Librettist li·bret·tist
The author of a libretto.
Noun 1. librettist - author of words to be set to music in an opera or operetta
author, writer - writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay) Philip Littell condensed this parable of the nourishing power of illusion with deftness, and his additions -- an aria for Blanche's suitor, Mitch (Anthony Dean Griffey), and an expansion of the part of the symbolic flower seller -- can be excised in a revision. The problem is that the multitalented Previn has not mined his own experience. Despite the New Orleans setting, we might as well have been in New Rochelle for all the jazz flavor that Previn., a gifted jazz pianist, has allowed to seep into the score. And the manipulation and transformation of motives that one might expect from a veteran film composer went for naught here.
Previn's derivative style served him only fitfully. Blanche rises to moments of eloquence as she descends into madness after the rape by Stanley Kowalski, but ideas are rarely developed, and Previn poorly avails himself of the ensemble opportunities of the operatic form. The effect is pretty but transitory, and the harmonies are so conservative that the work might have been composed in 1928 rather than 1998.
Yet the San Francisco Opera gave the work the gala treatment. Soprano Rende Fleming offered an unremittingly intense Blanche (the Old South accent has to go, however). Baritone Rodney Gilfry exuded testosterone as her nemesis, Stanley (if only his larynx had been as buffed as his pectorals). And soprano Elizabeth Futral made a stunning debut as Blanche's sister, Stella, whose sexual attraction for Stanley is vividly etched.
A Streetcar Named Desire has barely begun its journey. Companies in America and Europe will produce it. San Diego Opera The San Diego Opera (SDO) is an opera company located in the city of San Diego, California. It was founded in 1950 to present productions by San Francisco Opera in the San Diego area. SDO began to stage its own productions in 1965, with its first staging of La bohème. has booked the show for 2000, and the Welsh National Opera Welsh National Opera (WNO) is a touring opera company founded in Cardiff, Wales in 1943. The WNO now tours Wales, the United Kingdom and the rest of the world extensively. Annually, it performs over 120 main scale operas. is in negotiations for its own production. Deutsche Grammophon recorded the performance live for commercial release, and PBS PBS
in full Public Broadcasting Service
Private, nonprofit U.S. corporation of public television stations. PBS provides its member stations, which are supported by public funds and private contributions rather than by commercials, with educational, cultural, will air the tape of Colin Graham's production on Great Performances in December. The end of the line is not yet in sight.
Ulrich is the dance and classical-music critic for the San Francisco Examiner The San Francisco Examiner is a U.S. daily newspaper. It has been published continuously in San Francisco, California, since the late 19th Century. History
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