Broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, July 6th, with a performance of A Streetcar Named Desire by André Previn, with a libretto by Philip Littell, based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. The 1995 opera will be sung in English and will run approximately three hours. Evan Rogister conducts.
Blanche DuBois, the fading southern belle who retreats into fantasy to escape from the brutal reality in which she’s forced to live. She’s a wounded, haughty, vulnerable, delusional misfit, a woman who won’t face the sensual side of herself and yet always succumbs to it. And when she moves in with her sister Stella and her sexually ruthless husband Stanley, worlds explode.
Blanche is one of the great parts for any actress, immortalized in the famous Tennessee Williams play, later on film, and now in opera. Renée Fleming is magnificent in the role that was composed especially for her by André Previn, one of America’s iconic musicians.