June 1, 3, 7 & 9, 2018

A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley Kowalski)
Opera Company of Middlebury
Middlebury, VT

Gregory Gerbrandt, in his debut with Opera Company of Middlebury, once again takes command of the stage in one of his signature roles, Stanley Kowalski, in André Previn's opera adaptation of Tennessee Williams's play of the same name, A Streetcar Named Desire. This will mark Gerbrandt's second production of the opera this season alone, having debuted the role in 2015 with Opera Santa Barbara.  

PERFORMANCES: JUNE 1, 3, 7 & 9, 2018
Town Hall Theater
Middlebury, VT

The opera received its premiere at the San Francisco Opera in September of 1998. It was conducted by the composer himself, and was directed by Colin Graham. It quickly developed into one of the most widely played contemporary operas.

In a review of the premiere in The New York Times:

"A Streetcar Named Desire is so operatic as a play that one wonders why more than 50 years have passed since its Broadway opening with no opera of note being made of it.  The new setting of Tennessee Williams's play, with music by André Previn and a libretto by Philip Littell, answered a few questions and asked others.... First of all, it sings very well.  Mr. Previn has a fine ear for voices.  He knows how to flatter and coax it and send it gracefully from one musical episode to the next ... one had the impression that Mr. Previn had been writing for the musical theater all his life."
 

Director: Douglas Anderson
Conductor: Michael Sakir