A Streetcar Named Desire

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June 1, 2018

André Previn‘s
A Streetcar Named Desire

Tickets available:
Members (at $100 level and above): March 26
General Public: April 1

PERFORMANCES:
June 1 @ 7:30pm
June 3 @ 2:00pm
June 7 @ 7:30pm
June 9 @ 7:30pm

Events

André Previn

A Streetcar Named Desire

An Opera in Three Acts
(June 1 -9, 2018)

Libretto by
Philip Littell

Based on the play by
Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire is fully staged by Artistic Director Douglas Anderson with orchestra conducted by Michael Sakir.

Length: 3-1/4 hours
(including 2 intermissions)

Tickets for A Streetcar Named Desire will go on sale in March.

MAY 20 – SUNDAY
5 pm – Meet the Singers
Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society

MAY 30 – WEDNESDAY
7 pm – Special Performance for local
high school students

Town Hall Theater

JUNE 1 – FRIDAY
6:30 pm – Pre-performance talk

Memorial Baptist Church

7:30 pm – A Streetcar Named Desire Opening Night
and Post-Performance Reception

Town Hall Theater

JUNE 3 – SUNDAY
1 pm – Pre-performance talk

Memorial Baptist Church

2 pm – A Streetcar Named Desire
Town Hall Theater

JUNE 7 – THURSDAY
6:30 pm – Pre-performance talk
Memorial Baptist Church

7:30 pm – A Streetcar Named Desire
Town Hall Theater

JUNE 9 – SATURDAY
6:30 pm – Pre-performance talk
Memorial Baptist Church

7:30 pm – A Streetcar Named Desire
Town Hall Theater

The Cast

André Previn

A Streetcar Named Desire

An Opera in Three Acts
(June 1 -9, 2018)

Please visit the STAFF page to see bios for the creative and production staff.

Blanche DuBois Meredith Lustig
Stanley Kowalski Gregory Gerbrandt
Stella Kowalski Cree Carrico
Harold ‘Mitch’ Mitchell James Flora
Eunice Hubbell Olga Perez Flora
Steve Hubbell Joshua Collier
Mexican Woman Sara Petrocelli
 

 

Meredith Lustig is thrilled to make her OCM debut as Blanche. Past credits include: Gianetta/L’Elisir D’Amore, Cephisia/Orpheus (New York City Opera), Eurydice/Orpheus in the Underworld (Virginia Opera), Fiona/Brigadoon (Gulfshore Opera), Megan/The Whole Truth (American Modern Ensemble), Musetta/La Bohème (Syracuse Opera). Papagena/Magic Flute, Zina/Dark Sisters, Carolina/Il Matrimonio Segreto, Clorinda/Cenerentola (Pittsburgh Opera); Daisy/The Great Gatsby (Aspen Opera Theater); Bella/An American Tragedy (Glimmerglass), Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Tiresias/Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Juilliard Opera). Ms. Lustig held residences with the Ravinia Steans Institute, Caramoor, New York Festival of Song, Town Hall Theatre, Glimmerglass, and Pittsburgh Opera. Favorite symphonic appearances include Bernstein’s Mass (Philadelphia Orchestra), Carmina Burana (Erie Philharmonic), Serenade to Music (Chicago Symphony), and Christmas Pops with the Dallas Symphony. An avid recitalist, Ms. Lustig’s latest program, Cupid Painted Blind, was recently presented by 23Arts Initiative. She and her husband/co-creator look forward to touring CPB in the 2018-19 season!

Website: www.meredithlustig.com

 

 

Garnering critical acclaim around the globe, American baritone Gregory Gerbrandt (Stanley) has performed with opera and symphonic organizations on five continents, singing for ambassadors and other officials from all over the world. He is frequently asked to sing contemporary opera and has performed most recently the lead role in new productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Glory Denied, and Mansfield Park. Of the five World Premiere operas in which he created the lead baritone, Gerbrandt can be found on the original cast recording of Kamran Ince’s opera, Judgment of Midas, which was released in 2015 on Albany Records. By contrast, Gerbrandt is in high demand to perform the prominent standards of Italian, French, English, and Russian opera. La bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Le nozze di Figaro, and Faust, as well as the title roles of Don Giovanni, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Eugene Onegin are just a sampling of his performed repertoire with Cairo Opera (Egypt), Teatro Nacional Sucre, Teatro Sanchez Aguilar (both of South America), Opera Colorado, Boston Lyric Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, Nashville Opera, and Opera Saratoga.

Website: www.gregorygerbrandt.com

 

 

Praised by Opera News for her “gleaming tone,” soprano Cree Carrico (Stella) is an emerging singing actress quickly gaining recognition as an interpreter of 20th and 21st century works. This season, Carrico will perform the role of the Nameless Soprano in Angels in America with New York City Opera, a double bill as Williamson Girl/Soprano in Difficulty of Crossing a Field/Little Match Girl Passion with Portland Opera, Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld with New Orleans Opera, Esther in Morning Star with On Site Opera, Rosemary Kennedy in JFK with Opera de Montréal, Beck in Today it Rains Workshop with American Opera Projects and Opera Parallele and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera Company of Middlebury. Additionally, she will sing the Soprano solo in Lang’s Simple Song with Chamber Music Northwest, performs as a soloist at Midtown Detroit’s Annual Noel Night and will sing with the New Chamber Ballet as a soloist in Stray Bird.

Website: www.creecarrico.com

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This spring, tenor James Flora (Mitch) will sing Nessun Dorma in the Reno Philharmonic’s Italian Family concert, then Tony from West Side Story in their celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s life on their Classics Six concert. Flora will make his fifth appearance with Opera Company Middlebury in June at Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. He recently performed in the second ever American production of Strauss’s first opera, Guntram, with Washington Concert Opera to critical acclaim, where he was hailed as a tenor with “a resonant, impeccably-trained voice and fearlessness to his singing”…“soaring above the staff.” In Fall 2016, he returned to Pittsburgh Opera for his eighth role as the 2nd Jew in Salomé with Patricia Racette in the title role. He recently made his debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Erie Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Matthew Kraemer. He recently appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus in productions of Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg and Fidelio. Mr. Flora is currently a voice professor at University of Nevada, Reno. He has many former students working on and off Broadway, in operatic young artist programs, and in major voice programs such as Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and University of Michigan. He is a co-founder of the Gobbi Villa Singing Program in Rome, Italy. His most important accomplishment is being a father to two young girls: Lucia and Mariella Flora.

Website: www.jamesfloratenor.com

 

 

Cuban-American mezzo-soprano, Olga Perez Flora (Eunice), has been lauded by Opera News for her “smoky tones” and “firm, pleasant voice and lively poise.” Ms. Perez Flora has performed with opera companies and symphonies both across the country and internationally. Known for her sultry Carmen, Ms. Perez Flora has performed this signature role numerous times. Recent engagements include deFalla’s El amor brujo, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Bach’s Cantata 147, Respighi’s Il Tramonto, Verdi’s Requiem, Manuel de Falla’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro, the Duruflé Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and the Messiah, as well as Frost in the new recording of Stephen Colantti’s children’s opera The Selfish Giant. Upcoming roles include Flora in La Traviata, as well as concerts featuring Ms. Perez Flora as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, West Side Story, and a concert with Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. She is delighted to return to OCM as Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire. Ms. Perez Flora holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts (Ohio State U), Master in Music in opera theater (Arizona State U) and Bachelor in Music in vocal performance (Northern Arizona U). She is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at the U. Nevada, Reno, president of the Reno chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is represented by Berger Artists Management.

Website: www.olgaperezflora.com

 

 

Tenor Joshua Collier (Steve) was hailed as “a great Italian tenor on the make” by Classical Scene for his performance of Roméo in Roméo et Juliette and lauded by the Classical Voice of North Carolina for his “exceptionally pleasing tone and excellent command of [his] high range.” He performed in Madama Butterfly and The Dialogues of the Carmelites with Sarasota Opera as an advanced studio artist. In 2018 season he is performing in scenes from La Bohème with the Boston Civic Symphony in Jordan Hall of New England Conservatory, and Madama Butterfly with Raylynmor Opera (NH). Last season, he appeared as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème with Vermont Lyric Theatre and Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore with the Opera Company of Middlebury, a role he will reprise in October 2018 for a Vermont Tour. As the most recent operatic Vermont resident, Mr. Collier is Artistic Director of BARN OPERA, based in Brandon, VT, which presented Madama Butterfly as its inaugural production, where he appeared as B.F. Pinkerton. He is internationally represented by Berger Artist Management.

Website: www.jrctenor.com

 

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Sara Petrocelli (Mexican Woman) is grateful to be returning to OCM for her fifth production since 2009. She was previously seen here as Dido, and as Third Lady in The Magic Flute. Sara has completed apprenticeships with Sarasota Opera, Tulsa Opera, and the Caramoor Festival. Career highlights include Beppe in L’Amico Fritz with Winter Opera St. Louis and the title role of Carmen with Western Plains Opera. Sara was a district winner in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is now in her sixth season as a chorister for the Metropolitan Opera, a designation she shares with her husband, baritone Chad Armstrong. The two devote their time to their private teaching studio in New Jersey, Palisades Vocal Studio, and to their children, Iris and newest addition, Theodore.

Website: www.saralouisepetrocelli.com

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The Story

André Previn

A Streetcar Named Desire

An Opera in Three Acts
(June 1 -9, 2018)

Libretto by
Philip Littell

Based on the play by
Tennessee Williams

Roles
Blanche DuBois
Stanley Kowalski
Stella Kowalski
Harold ‘Mitch’ Mitchell
Eunice Hubbell
Steve Hubbell
A Young Collector
Mexican Woman
Nurse
Doctor
Pablo Gonzales

Synopsis
(Adapted from the late Colin Graham’s synopsis for the San Francisco Opera première, which he directed)

TIME: 1940s
PLACE: New Orleans

ACT ONE

Scene 1. Blanche DuBois has suffered the loss of both her ancestral home and her job when she arrives in New Orleans to visit her sister, Stella, who has married Stanley Kowalski, an ex-GI trucker.

Scene 2. A few days later Stanley, infuriated by Blanche’s artificial airs, her suggestive behavior, and what he regards as her loss of his pregnant wife’s birthright, is determined to expose the lies about her past—which is more tragic and sordid than he is able to imagine.

Scene 3. That night. During a poker game Blanche meets Harold Mitchell (Mitch), a workmate of Stanley’s, very much tied to his mother’s apron strings. Blanche sets her sights on him. Stanley, drunk, breaks up the evening and strikes Stella, whom he regards as siding against him with Blanche. After this violence, and contrary to Blanche’s advice, Stella returns to Stanley’s bed. The next morning Stanley overhears Blanche entreating her sister to leave him.

ACT TWO

Scene 1.  Some weeks later. Stanley tells Stella that he has a friend who is making inquiries about Blanche in her hometown of Laurel. When he and his wife go out for the evening, Blanche makes a sad and half-hearted attempt to seduce a young paper boy. She later goes out with Mitch on a date.

Scene 2. That night Mitch unburdens his heart to Blanche who, in turn, tells him of her brief marriage to a young homosexual and how she blames herself for his suicide.

ACT THREE

Scene 1. Some weeks later, Blanche’s birthday. Mitch is late for the party. Stanley, who feels that his home and marriage are both threatened by Blanche, breaks up the celebration when he reveals that his friend has discovered Blanche’s unsavory reputation in Laurel for seducing young men, and the fact that she had been told to leave town. After handing Blanche a one-way ticket back home, he tells her that Mitch now knows everything and will not be coming around again.

Scene 2. Later that night Stella has been taken to a hospital for a premature delivery. Mitch, drunk, invades the apartment and bitterly reproaches Blanche. Just as her desperate hopes lie with him, his lie with her. They have both lost their emotional refuge. His denunciation of her as someone too unclean to enter his mother’s house begins to unhinge Blanche’s mind.

Scene 3.  Later. This fragmentation is completed when Stanley, as a last act of cruel retribution, rapes Blanche.

Scene 4. Some days later Blanche prepares to leave for a visit to a fictitious old admirer. In fact, Stella, unable to believe in Blanche’s accusations against Stanley, is packing Blanche’s clothes for her to take to the asylum when the doctor arrives.

The Music

André Previn

A Streetcar Named Desire

An Opera in Three Acts
(June 1 -9, 2018)

YouTube Recommendations:

 I can smell the sea air 
(Blanche – Renée Fleming – live)

 I want magic
(Blanche – Renée Fleming – live)              

Hiya, Sweetheart 
(Stanley, Stella – Rod Gilfrey, Elizabeth Futral – from the CD)

 Soft people have got to shimmer and glow” 
(Blanche – Renée Fleming – live)

 Complete Opera On DVD

The première at the San Francisco Opera, André Previn conducting

 There is also a striking DVD from the Chicago Lyric Opera with the same cast except for Rodney Gilfry.

 Complete Opera On CD

The première at the San Francisco Opera, André Previn conducting.