STELLA! Kentucky Opera closes the 2014/15 Brown-Forman Season with A Streetcar Named Desire, André Previn and Philip Littell’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ powerful story. The opera in three acts was commissioned for and premiered by San Francisco Opera in 1998 conducted by the composer and directed by Colin Graham.
Faithfully based on Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire is “a genuine and wholly accessible hit, one sure to remain in the repertory of the world’s opera companies for a great many years,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
The opera tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a fading Southern belle whose pretentions of decorum are a façade to mask her alcoholism and emotional depravity. She moves into her sister's very cramped apartment in a working-class neighborhood of New Orleans' French Quarter. Her socially elitist attitude creates antagonism with her brutish, blue-collar brother-in-law, Stanley. As the dark truths about Blanche's past emerge, her world comes apart at the seams in a spiral of violence and madness. André Previn's jazz-inflected score evokes a highly charged New Orleans setting, creating the perfect tension for this operatic drama.
Artist: Maria Kanyova makes her Kentucky Opera debut with the role of the faded Southern Belle, Blanche DuBois. What they are saying: “Her voice could stop time." Robert Trussell, Kansas City Star
Artist: Wes Mason also makes his Kentucky Opera debut as the drunken brute, Stanley Kowalski. What they are saying: “Wes Mason as Bishop Myriel, whose rich voice and perfect projection reminded Jean Valjean that his soul had been purchased." Jay Wamsley, Deseret News
Artist: Anya Matanovic plays Stella Kowalski, who is caught in the middle of the battle between her unbalanced sister, Blanche, and her aggressive husband, Stanley. What they are saying: “...Matanovic’s stunning beauty and equally alluring voice were especially captivating.” Robert Coleman, Opera News
Artist: Marco Cammarota has been with the Kentucky Opera Studio Artists Program for two seasons and makes his professional debut as Mitch, Stanley’s unrefined yet sensitive friend, who catches the eye of Blanche. What they are saying: “Don Carlos, Marco Cammarota, displayed a superb tenor that contrasted for its sweetness.” Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com
- Conductor Joseph Mechavich (Fidelio, 2014)
- Stage Director Jose Maria Condemi*
- Blanche DuBois - Maria Kanyova*
- Stanley Kowalski - Wes Mason*
- Stella Kowalski - Anya Matanovic (Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro, 2011)
- Harold “Mitch” Mitchell - Marco Cammarota (Nick, The Girl of the Golden West, 2014)
- Eunice Hubbell - Elizabeth Batton (Charlotte, Werther, 2008)
Kentucky Opera Debut * Kentucky Opera Studio Artist +
The production takes place on Friday, February 13, at 8 pm. and Sunday, February 15, at 2 pm at the Brown Theatre. It is generously sponsored by Stock Yards Bank and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.
Single tickets start at $34 and are available by calling 502-584-7777 or by visiting KYOpera.org.