LA Opera Presents A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Renée Fleming, 5/18-24
When Renée Fleming returns to LA Opera this spring to headline the Company's first performances of A Streetcar Named Desire, General Director Plácido Domingo promises that it will be an experience to savor.
"I have been eager to bring Renée to Los Angeles as Blanche DuBois for more than a decade," said Mr. Domingo. "I was at the magnificent London concert performance of Streetcar conducted by Andre Previn in 2003, and her performance as Blanche was one that I will never forget. I am thrilled that L.A. audiences will now have the opportunity to see this incredible artist in a role tailored to her extraordinary talents."
The soprano starred in the 1998 world premiere of the opera by composer André Previn and librettist Philip Littell. She will reprise the role of Blanche DuBois in three semi-staged concert performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this spring.
One of the most celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, Ms. Fleming made headlines last week when it was announced that she would sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday, February 2. She will be the first opera singer ever to perform the national anthem at the NFL championship game, which had 164 million viewers last year, the largest television audience in U.S. history.
More About Ms. Fleming
Renée Fleming has captivated audiences around the globe with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as "the people's diva" and a four-time Grammy Award winner, including the 2013 Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she continues to grace the world's greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. She holds the position of Creative Consultant with Lyric Opera of Chicago. At a White House ceremony on July 10, 2013, President Barack Obama awarded her the 2012 National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist.
Ms. Fleming made her LA Opera mainstage debut in 2006 as Violetta in La Traviata. The production was filmed and released on DVD. LA Opera has also presented Ms. Fleming in recital three times, as well as in a 2013 joint recital with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in collaboration with the LA Philharmonic.
Renée Fleming and A Streetcar Named Desire
"The role of Blanche DuBois is always a thrilling challenge," said Ms. Fleming. "She is an iconic character of the American stage, and-as realized for the opera by my cherished friend, the brilliant composer and Hollywood legend André Previn-I think she's compelling in new ways, for new audiences."
Ms. Fleming first appeared as the iconic faded Southern belle at the opera's world premiere in San Francisco in 1998. The operatic adaptation of the 1947 Tennessee Williams play was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera, where it was filmed for telecast on PBS' "Great Performances" and released on DVD.
Cast and Creative Team
In addition to Ms. Fleming, the principal cast will include:
- Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as Stanley Kowalski
- Soprano Stacey Tappan as Stella
- Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey as Mitch
Mr. Griffey created the role of Harold "Mitch" Mitchell in the world premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire in San Francisco in 1998.