CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 7 PM

A Streetcar Named Desire

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“I depend on the kindness of strangers …” Renée Fleming originated the role of Blanche DuBois in a searing performance at the premiere of André Previn’s beautiful opera based on the Tennessee Williams classic. Now she returns to this signature role in its first complete New York performance. This semi-staged production features lighting, costumes, and an all-star cast, making it an extraordinary evening.

Please note that due to illness Jane Bunnell will not take part in this performance. Carnegie Hall is grateful to Victoria Livengood for agreeing to perform the role of Eunice on very short notice.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.

Performers

  • Renée Fleming, Soprano (Blanche DuBois)
  • Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Baritone (Stanley Kowalski)
  • Susanna Phillips, Soprano (Stella Kowalski)
  • Anthony Dean Griffey, Tenor (Harold Mitchell, "Mitch")
  • Victoria Livengood, Mezzo-Soprano (Eunice Hubbell)
  • Dominic Armstrong, Tenor (Steve Hubbell)
  • Andrew Bidlack, Tenor (A Young Collector)
  • Georga Osborne (Nurse)
  • Bill Nabel (Doctor)
  • Brad Heikes, Brendan Irving, Kevin Reed, Patrick Stoffer, Brett Zubler (Men of New Orleans)
  • Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Patrick Summers, Conductor
  • Brad Dalton, Director
  • Alan Adelman, Lighting Designer
  • Johann Stegmeir, Costume Designer

Program

  • ANDRÉ PREVIN A Streetcar Named Desire (semi-staged performance) (NY Premiere)
  • PERSPECTIVES

Bios

  • Renée Fleming


    One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award 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.

    Ms. Fleming was heard last summer in the title role of Arabella at the Opéra Bastille, under the baton of Philippe Jordan. In August, she was the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in Munich, conducted by Constantin Trinks. At the Metropolitan Opera last fall, she sang Desdemona in Otello, conducted by Semyon Bychkov and seen around the world on The Met: Live in HD. Her 2012-2013 concert calendar has also included the gala opening of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's season, the inaugural concerts of Christian Thielemann as principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the inaugural gala of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Her recital schedule this season includes appearances in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Vienna, Geneva, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Taipei. In addition, she performs a four-concert Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall.

    Ms. Fleming won her fourth Grammy Award for her album Poèmes, which features a collection of 20th-century French masterpieces. In February 2012, she received the Victoire d'Honneur, the highest award conveyed by Victoires de la Musique. In recent years, she has recorded a diverse range of music, from Strauss's Daphne, to the jazz album Haunted Heart, to the film soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings and the theme song "Still Dream" for Rise of the Guardians. Among her numerous awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Sweden's Polar Music Prize, the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music, and honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University, Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School.

    Ms. Fleming is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Carnegie Hall Corporation and the Board of Sing for Hope. In 2010, she was named the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Visit reneefleming.com for more information.

     

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    Teddy Tahu Rhodes

                                                             
    A native of New Zealand, baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes won the Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship as the country's most promising singer at age 20. In 1991, he was awarded the Mobil Song Quest, enabling him to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

    In 1998, Mr. Rhodes made his debut as Dandini in La Cenerentola with Opera Australia, and in 1999 sang Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Canterbury Opera, and Marcello in La bohème and Silvio in Pagliacci for New Zealand Opera. In 2000, he made his US debut with the San Francisco Opera as Joe in the world premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. His many recordings include Fauré's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and a recital of Mozart arias. He filmed The Little Prince for BBC television, and he appears on DVD in the Metropolitan Opera's productions of Peter Grimes (EMI) and Carmen (Deutsche Grammophon).

    In 2001, Mr. Rhodes joined Opera Australia as a resident principal artist, performing the roles of Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Belcore (L'elisir d'amore), and Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos). Other engagements in recent seasons have included the roles of Escamillo, Dandini, Don Giovanni, Stanley, Figaro, and Lescaut for Opera Australia; Dead Man Walking for State Opera of South Australia; Bendrix in Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair, Count Almaviva, and Lescaut for Houston Grand Opera; Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva, and Guglielmo for Cincinnati Opera; Count Almaviva at Washington National Opera; Papageno for Welsh National Opera; Escamillo and Henze's L'Upupa for Hamburg Opera; Escamillo at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and in Munich; and Lescaut in Leipzig. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Peter Grimes, and he has also debuted at the Santa Fe Opera with his first Billy Budd, and at New York City Opera as Antony in concert performances of Barber's Antony and Cleopatra. He sang his first Scarpia in Tosca for the West Australian Opera.

    Future engagements include South Pacific for Opera Australia, Show Boat at Washington National Opera, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Colline at the Dallas Opera.

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  • Susanna Phillips

                                  
    A native of Alabama and winner of the Metropolitan Opera's 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, Susanna Phillips returns to the Met in the 2012-2013 season to perform Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and  to Santa Fe Opera as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Her recital appearances include Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Celebrity Series Boston, and Cal Performances. Concert appearances include performances with Musica Sacra under Kent Tritle at Alice Tully Hall, and Mozart's Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

    Ms. Phillips's appearances at the Metropolitan Opera in recent seasons include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and her company debut in 2008 as Musetta in La bohème. She has also starred in Minnesota Opera's Orfeo ed Euridice opposite David Daniels, and as the title character in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, both at Minnesota Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. In summer 2012, she made her European debut as Pamina at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, her debuts at the Verbier Music Festival and Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux as the Countess in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, performances of Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 at the Aspen Music Festival, and Ilia  in Idomeneo at the Ravinia Festival, among other engagements. Her debut solo album, Paysages, was released in 2011 on Bridge Records.

    In recital, Ms. Phillips has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at Carnegie Hall. Concert performances include the opening night of the 2011 Mostly Mozart Festival, which was telecast live on PBS; Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Dvořák's Stabat Mater with the Santa Fe Symphony; Handel's Messiah with The Philadelphia Orchestra; and Bach's Mass in B Minor with the St. Louis Symphony.

    A graduate of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center, Ms. Phillips won four of the world's leading vocal competitions in 2005: Operalia (both First Place and the Audience Prize), the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards, and the George London Foundation Competition.

     

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    Anthony Dean Griffey

                                   
    Grammy Award-winning American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has received critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert, and recital stages around the world. His beautiful and powerful lyric tenor voice, interpretive gifts, and superb musicianship have earned him praise from critics and audiences alike.

    Engagements in the 2012-2013 season include a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire; the world premiere of Christopher Theaofanidis's The Gift and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck; Beethoven's Missa solemnis with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink; Britten's War Requiem with the Seattle Symphony conducted by Ludovic Morlot; Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Nashville Symphony and Das Lied von der Erde with the Eastern Music Festival, North Carolina Symphony, and Columbus Symphony; Britten's Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac with the Chamber Music Societies of Chicago and New York; and Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart.

    Celebrated across the globe for his portrayal of the title role of Britten's Peter Grimes, Mr. Griffey's performance at the Metropolitan Opera was broadcast live in HD, featured on PBS, and released on DVD by EMI Classics. He has also recorded the role with Glyndebourne Opera conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Other recording and DVD highlights include Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Los Angeles Opera; Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera; the world premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire with San Francisco Opera; Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, the New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel, and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich; Britten's War Requiem live at Royal Festival Hall with Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra; and Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias under Seiji Ozawa.

    Mr. Griffey has taken active roles in charitable efforts throughout his career, advocating for arts programs, raising money for the Mental Health Association, and giving benefit concerts. He was awarded a doctorate of humane letters from Wingate University in May 2012. Visit anthonydeangriffey.com for further information.

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    Dominic Armstrong


    Dominic Armstrong's engagements in the current season include a return to New York City Opera as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw  and the workshop premiere of La reina with America Lyric Theater. Next season's engagements include performances of Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with Symphony in C and the Princeton Symphony under Rossen Milanov.

    Engagements in the 2011-2012 season included Mr. Armstrong's Opera Memphis  debut as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus; Chicago Opera Theater's Moscow, Cheryomushki; and a return to Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival to cover Don José and perform the role of Le Rémendado in Carmen. At Castleton, Mr. Armstrong has also performed Macheath in Britten's The Beggar's Opera, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Le Petit Vieillard in L'enfant et les sortilèges, and Luigi in Il tabarro.

    Highlights of recent seasons have included performances as Flavio in Norma and Borsa in Rigoletto at Opera Philadelphia; François/Jazz Trio in A Quiet Place at New York City Opera; the title role in La clemenza di Tito at Chicago Opera Theater; Parpignol in La bohème at Deutsche Oper Berlin; the Gran Sacerdote in Idomeneo, Reverend Horace Adams in Peter Grimes, and Heinrich der Schreiber in Tannhaüser at Opera Regio Torino; Count Almaviva in Ghosts of Versailles at Wexford Festival Opera; Candide in Candide and Ulisse in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at Wolf Trap; and Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore for Musica Viva Hong Kong.

    Mr. Armstrong is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including placement as a Grand Finalist in the 2008 National Council Auditions with the Metropolitan Opera, and was the winner of the 2009 Liederkranz Art Song Competition.

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    Andrew Bidlack

                                                          
    A graduate of San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellowship, tenor Andrew Bidlack's engagements in 2012-2013 include his role debut as Rodrigo in Rossini's Otello with Opera Southwest, Handel's Messiah with the Lexington Philharmonic, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at Florida Grand Opera. Engagements in the 2011-2012 season included Tonio in La fille du régiment with PORTopera, his Asian debut as Damon in Acis and Galatea at the Macau International Music Festival, Ariadne auf Naxos at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Carmina Burana with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andreas Delfs, and Sandy in Peter Maxwell Davies's The Lighthouse at Dallas Opera.

    Engagements in 2010-2011 included Mr. Bidlack's New York City Opera debut as Baron Lummer in Strauss's Intermezzo, his Carnegie Hall debut in Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and Gomatz in Mozart's Zaïde with Musica Angelica in Los Angeles. Other recent highlights include Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Florida Grand Opera, Carmina Burana with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore with Empire State Lyric Theater. In 2010, he made his South American debut as Oronte in Alcina at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile.

    Mr. Bidlack made his San Francisco Opera debut in May 2008 in The Little Prince, and has since appeared as Odoardo in Ariodante, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Count Albert in Die tote Stadt, the Simpleton in Boris Godunov, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Gastone in La traviata, and Ruiz in Il trovatore.

    A 2007 Merola Opera Program participant, Mr. Bidlack created the role of Charles Carter in the world premiere of Thomas Pasatieri's The Hotel Casablanca. The Pennsylvania native has also appeared as Rodolfo in La bohème with Opera Company of Brooklyn, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at Ohio Northern University, and Rolla in I masnadieri with Sarasota Opera. At the Spoleto Festival in Italy, he performed in Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street, which was recorded and released on the Chandos Label.

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    Georga Osborne

                                                                           
    Georga Osborne appeared at Carnegie Hall for its 1991 Centennial Gala, the US premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's Standing Stone, and as soprano soloist in Disney's Fantasia 2000, conducted by James Levine. She has appeared on Broadway in the original cast of Meet Me in St. Louis, at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic in Sweeney Todd (with Patti LuPone and George Hearn), and in Grendel, directed by Julie Taymor. National tour productions include Cameron Mackintosh and Trevor Nunn's My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music with both Marie Osmond and Debby Boone. Regional theater performances include Souvenir (as Florence Foster Jenkins)  at the Weston Playhouse (Vermont) and at Arts at the Park (New York), and productions with Capital Repertory (Albany), Syracuse Stage, Chautauqua Opera, Mobile Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, and Cincinnati Opera, among others. Georga's recordings include the first complete recording of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro, and the  original cast recordings of Meet Me in St. Louis and The Last Starfighter. MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) and BackStage Bistro Awards have presented her with their Outstanding Musical Comedy Performer Awards. Georga holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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  • Bill Nabel


    Bill Nabel has appeared in more than 9,400 performances of eight Broadway shows: Beauty and the Beast (Lumière), A Chorus Line (Al), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), 42nd Street (Bert Barry), Home Sweet Homer (Melios), Ain't Broadway Grand, Evita, and The Most Happy Fella (Giuseppe). His film and television appearances include Saperstein in Gravity opposite Ving Rhames and the French ambassador in Gossip Girl, as well as Friends With Kids, Wall Street 2, The Fighter, Knight and Day, SALT, and A Beautiful Mind. As a playwright, Bill was a finalist for the American Academy of Arts and Letters's Richard Rodgers Prize for Take Me America, a new musical, which premiered at the Village Theatre in Seattle. Bill's play Lying to Spielberg was a New American Playwrights pick at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Love on Ice, a musical cryogenic love story, was selected for the "Pitch" at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival this summer; another play, Love, Loss and What I Drove, was presented this year at the Abingdon Theatre in New York.

     

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  • Brad Heikes

                                       
    Brad Heikes's Broadway credits include the Roundabout Theater Company's production of Pygmalion with Claire Danes, and Mr. Roberts with Alec Baldwin for the Roundabout Playreading Series. Regional credits include  Nicky / Trekkie Monster  inAvenue Q, Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate, George Bailey  in A Wonderful Life, Buddy  inBuddy's Tavern, Paul Singer in Moon Over Buffalo, and Frederick Fellowes  in Noises Off. On television, Brad has appeared on Guiding Light, All My Children, and Above Broadway. He is honored to be working with this company at Carnegie Hall.


    Brendan Irving


    An actor, writer, and standup comedian, Brendan Irving is very excited to make his acting debut in Carnegie Hall. Brendan has acted in television shows such as All My Children, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, Rescue Me, and Gossip Girl, and he has also appeared in commercials for Joe's Crabshack and Marshalls. Brendan can be seen live on the show Accomplice: New York and doing standup throughout New York City.


    Kevin Reed


    Kevin Reed received his master's degree in acting from Columbia University. He has performed on Broadway and around the country with singing greats Linda Eder and Michael Bolton. He recently revived his role as Karl on Broadway at a one-night gala in Kander and Ebb and Terrence McNally's The Visit, starring Chita Rivera. Kevin can be heard on the original cast recording of Brownstone. In addition to performing, he works as an acting coach in New York City. Visit TheReedScene.com for further information.


    Patrick Stoffer


    Originally from Canton, Ohio, Patrick Stoffer attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Since graduating, he has appeared in several short and feature films, as well as several Off-Broadway and Metropolitan Opera productions. In addition to acting, Patrick runs two film production companies, CBM Productions and 186 Productions. Love to family and friends.


    Brett Zubler


    Since graduating from The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in 2009, Brett Zubler has appeared in a number of feature films and off-Broadway shows. He is currently working on productions at the Metropolitan Opera, and co-owns and operates a film production company in New Jersey. Brett is very happy to be a part of this production at Carnegie Hall and wants to send his love to his family.

     

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  • Orchestra of St. Luke's

                                       
    Now in its 38th season, Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) is one of America's foremost and most versatile ensembles. Dedicated to engaging audiences throughout New York City and beyond, OSL performs approximately 70 orchestral, chamber, and educational concerts each year-including an annual orchestra series at Carnegie Hall, an annual chamber music series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer concerts as Orchestra-in-Residence at Caramoor International Music Festival. OSL's principal conductor is Pablo Heras-Casado.

    OSL collaborates regularly with the world's great artists, such as Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Anna Netrebko, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mark Morris Dance Group, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Elton John, and many more. In March 2011, OSL opened The DiMenna Center for Classical Music-its first permanent home, and New York City's first rehearsal and recording facility dedicated to classical music. Committed to community-building, OSL produces free concerts in each of the five boroughs as part of its Subway Series, free events devoted to the artistic process as part of its OSL@DMC series at The DiMenna Center, and has engaged more than one million children in its Community & Education programs.

    OSL's discography of more than 70 recordings includes seven releases on its own label, St. Luke's Collection, and four Grammy Award-winning recordings. OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works and performed more than 150 world, US, and New York premieres.

    Later this season, OSL's 2012-2013 Carnegie Hall series features Iván Fischer conducting the orchestra in Bach's St. Matthew Passion on March 28, with the New York City-based chorus Musica Sacra and soprano Dominique Labelle, mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj, tenor John Tessier, and bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann. OSL closes its orchestra series with conductor Nicholas McGegan and cellist Steven Isserlis performing a program of Haydn and Mozart on June 1.


    Patrick Summers (Conductor)


    Patrick Summers is artistic and music director of Houston Grand Opera (HGO), having served as music director since 1998. In addition, he serves as principal guest conductor of the San Francisco Opera (SFO). Over the past decade, Mr. Summers has led many of HGO's artistic and strategic initiatives, including initiating its own orchestra and founding HGOco, the company's groundbreaking educational/outreach program to the Houston community. This season, Mr. Summers conducts three HGO productions: Show Boat, produced earlier this winter, and, in April and May, Il trovatore and Tristan und Isolde.

    Mr. Summers has been involved with dozens of world premieres of American operas, and was intimately involved with the 1998 creation of A Streetcar Named Desire at the SFO, where he both assisted André Previn and conducted several of the opera's premiere performances. He later commissioned Mr. Previn to write his second opera, Brief Encounter, which premiered at HGO in 2009 conducted by Mr. Summers and was also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Summers's relationship with Renée Fleming spans two decades, and includes leading several of her role premieres, tours, and recordings. Their CD Bel Canto on Decca won a Grammy Award in 2002.

    Mr. Summers's quarter-century association with the San Francisco Opera began as a member of the Merola Opera Program, shortly after which he was made music director of the San Francisco Opera Center, the training arm of the SFO. He made his SFO main stage debut conducting Die Fledermaus, in the early 1990s, and over the years has conducted a wide range of Italian-, French-, and English-language repertoire, most recently Jake Heggie's Moby Dick. Next season,  he will conduct Der fliegende Holländer, his first Wagner opera with the company. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1999, also with Die Fledermaus, and has traversed a wide repertory with the company that has included Baroque (Rodelinda, Iphigénie en Tauride), bel canto (I Puritani, Lucia di Lammermoor), and German operas (Salome). Next season, he conducts a revival of The Enchanted Island.

    In Europe, Mr. Summers conducts Die Zauberflöte for the Bregenz Festival in 2013 and 2014; he has also appeared with companies that include the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Welsh National Opera, and Rome Opera.

     

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  • Brad Dalton (Director)

                                                                               
    A graduate of Harvard University and the National Shakespeare Conservatory, Brad Dalton has directed productions for the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, State Opera of South Australia, Pittsburgh Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Opera San José, and Opera Boston. His production of A Streetcar Named Desire has been seen at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the Barbican, with André Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, Mr. Dalton directed the Australian premiere of Dead Man Walking, for which he won the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Direction of an Opera in Australia. Other new productions Mr. Dalton has directed include Alceste, Madama Butterfly, Così fan tutte, Anna Karenina, La clemenza di Tito, Faust, Il trovatore, and Idomeneo. A filmed Blu-ray version of Mr. Dalton's production of Idomeneo will close the Cinequest Film Festival in San José this March.

     

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  • Alan Adelman (Lighting Designer)

                                                               
    Alan Adelman has a long history with Carnegie Hall, having designed the theatrical lighting in Zankel Hall; the musical theater performances of South Pacific, Show Boat, and Carousel; and benefit concerts for the Rainforest Fund with Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, and others. Mr. Adelman is perhaps best known for his work translating Broadway, theater, dance, and opera productions for television, digital cinema, and film. His credits include adaptations of Memphis, South Pacific, Cyrano, Company, Porgy and Bess, The Light in the Piazza, Contact, Passion, Twelfth Night, Death of a Salesman, Fosse, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Jekyll and Hyde, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Grapes of Wrath, Tosca, Crazy for You, Putting It Together, The Will Rogers Follies, Piaf, Mornings at Seven, Victor/Victoria, Pippin, Purlie, Sophisticated Ladies, and The Most Happy Fella, plus the Tony Awards, Kid's Choice Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards. He has designed more than 50 programs for PBS's Great Performances, Dance in America, and American Playhouse series, and an additional 60 shows as part of Live From Lincoln Center. His feature film credits include The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet), Carlito's Way, and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Mr. Adelman has earned three Emmy Awards and 17 nominations.

     

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  • Johann Stegmeir (Costume Designer)

                                      
    Johann Stegmeir has designed costumes for opera, theater, dance, feature films, and television. Recently, he collaborated with acclaimed director Bruce Beresford on the feature film Peace Love & Misunderstanding, starring Jane Fonda, as well as We Shall Remain: Tecumseh's Vision, a documentary for PBS directed by Ric Burns, and Pagliacci for Teatro Verdi in Sassari, Sardinia. Recent design credits include Idomeneo at Opera San José and dance productions for Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, as well as for choreographers that include Francesca Harper, Jessica Lang, and Seán Curran. Mr. Stegmeir has designed costumes for Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre Company, San Diego Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Innovative Theatre, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, and Children's Theatre of Charlotte, among others. Mr. Stegmeir is a recipient of the prestigious TCG/NEA Designer Fellowship, which has allowed him to develop his design skills and expand artistic boundaries. He has worked at Covent Garden, Teatro Real (Madrid), La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Israeli Opera, the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Finland), and Theater des Westens (Berlin). He is on the faculty at the University of Richmond.

     

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Audio

André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire ("I Can Smell the Sea Air")
San Francisco Opera Orchestra | André Previn, Conductor | Renée Fleming, Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon

Transferring an Archetypal Play into Opera

Shortly before A Streetcar Named Desire’s legendary opening night on Broadway in December 1947, Tennessee Williams published an essay titled “A Streetcar Named Success.” In it he offers his wry take on achieving the American Dream by being “snatched out of virtual oblivion and thrust into sudden prominence” after his first breakthrough, The Glass Menagerie, premiered in Chicago in 1944. Concluding that “security is a kind of death,” Williams reaffirms the artist’s need to remain true to whatever “first made the experience of living something that must be translated into pigment or music or bodily movement or poetry or prose or anything that’s dynamic and expressive.”
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Renée Fleming in Conversation with André Previn: A Streetcar Named Desire



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