Operagasmic Production of the Week!
by Christie Connolley
I love to arrive early to the opera. For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES! Once that is done, I delve into the program! I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes! It is one of the best parts of going to the opera! So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.
The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Virginia Opera’s A Streetcar Named Desire!
In this famous tale of lust and disgrace, the newly impoverished Blanche Dubois arrives in 1940’s New Orleans to live with her sister and brother-in-law in their shabby apartment. As the weeks press on, dark truths about Blanche’s past collide with the stark reality of the present, leading to a downward spiral of domestic violence, degradation and madness. Andre Previn’s Streetcar is a faithful adaptation of the classic Tennessee Williams play, with a score that evokes the gravity of the story and the lush, bluesy New Orleans atmosphere.
Kelly Cae Hogan (Die Walküre, 2011) makes her triumphant return as Blanche DuBois opposite American baritone, David Adam Moore, making his company debut as the menacing and sexy Stanley Kowalski. The second Virginia Opera premiere of the season is helmed by two of opera’s most in-demand visionaries: Director Sam Helfrich (Orphée, 2012) and Conductor Ari Pelto.
Blanche DuBois • Kelly Cae Hogan
Stanley Kowalski • David Adam Moore
Stella Kowalski • Julia Ebner
Harold Mitchell • Scott Ramsay
Eunice Hubbell • Margaret Gawrysiak
Steve Hubbell • Matthew DiBattista
A Young Collector • Drew Duncan
Mexican Woman • Sondra Gelb
Nurse • Hilary Ginther
Doctor • Patrick O’Halloran
Pablo Gonzales • Edward Hanlon
CONDUCTOR • Ari Pelto
STAGE DIRECTOR • Sam Helfrich
SCENIC DESIGNER • Andromache Chalfant
COSTUME DESIGNER • Kaye Voyce
LIGHTING DESIGNER • Aaron Black
WIG AND MAKE UP DESIGNER • James McGough