Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Director Alasdair Neale to Conduct A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera Idaho
April 6 and 8 performances of André Previn’s 1998 opera in Boise will feature Alasdair Neale as conductor, presented by Opera Idaho.
The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is pleased to announce that Music Director Alasdair Neale will conduct upcoming performances of André Previn’s 1998 opera A Streetcar Named Desire, presented by Opera Idaho. The opera is based on Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The performances will take place at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise, Idaho (700 W. Main St.) Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m., and again Sunday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m. These performances will mark Neale’s debut with Opera Idaho.
“After nearly 25 years making music in Sun Valley, I’m delighted to have this opportunity to work with Opera Idaho to bring Previn’s remarkable take on ‘Streetcar’ to Boise audiences,” says Neale.
The production also sees the Idaho debut of soprano Julie Adams as Blanche, the deeply insecure, aging Southern belle who lives in a state of perpetual panic about her fading beauty. Adams is a former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera and last summer took the lead role of Mimi in that company’s mainstage production of Puccini’s La bohème. Baritone Gregory Gerbrandt will play the role of Stanley Kowalski, most famously portrayed by Marlon Brando in the play’s initial Broadway performances as well as the 1951 film adaptation.
The opera received its premiere at the San Francisco Opera in 1998 with Renée Fleming—who was the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s 2014 Gala artist—and Rod Gilfry in the roles of Blanche and Stanley, respectively, and was conducted by the composer himself. A Streetcar Named Desire has quickly developed into one of the most widely played contemporary operas.
Alasdair Neale [Conductor] is making his Opera Idaho conducting debut. He is Music Director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Music Director of the Marin Symphony. In his 24 years as Music Director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Neale has propelled the festival to national status: it is now the largest privately funded free admission symphony in America. As Music Director of the Marin Symphony since 2001, Neale has been hailed for invigorating the orchestra and establishing it as one of the finest in the Bay Area. He has guest conducted numerous orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Sydney Symphony, l’Orchestre Métropolitan du Grand-Montréal, Auckland Philharmonia, Orchestra of St. Gallen (Switzerland), MDR Leipzig, NDR Hannover and Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, among others.
Julie Adams [Blanche DuBois] is making her Opera Idaho debut. A winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2015 George London Award, 2015 Elizabeth Connell prize for aspiring dramatic sopranos, and recipient of a 2015 Sara Tucker Study Grant, Adams has been praised by The New York Times for possessing a voice that is “… rich, full and slightly earthy in an expressive way.”
Gregory Gerbrandt [Stanley Kowalski] made his Opera Idaho debut as Pish-Tush in The Mikado in 2006. Gerbrandt has performed with opera and symphonic organizations on five continents, singing for ambassadors and other officials from all over the world. Prior to earning the degree of Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Gerbrandt obtained a Bachelor of Music from the University of Northern Colorado, where he was twice awarded the prestigious distinction of Scholar of the Year.
Micaëla Oeste [Stella Kowalski] is making her Opera Idaho debut. In the 2017-18 season, Oeste made her debut at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall with the Strauss Symphony of America for the Salute to Vienna concert series. She joined Plácido Domingo for concerts in Odense, Denmark and in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Oeste will also return to Opera de Monte-Carlo as Niece 1 in Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes and will make her Berlin debut with Stone Opera as Musetta in La bohème.
Casey Candebat [Harold “Mitch” Mitchell] is making his Opera Idaho debut. A two-time participant in the illustrious Merola Opera Program, Candebat performed in Mozart’s La Finta Giardinera and sang scenes from Werther and La Rondine to high acclaim on the Merola Grande Finale. In addition to many acclaimed roles for Merola Opera, Candebat has been heard as Georg in Der Vampyr with New Orleans Opera and Mitch in Streetcar with Opera Grand Rapids among others.
Walker Lewis [Stage Director] made his Opera Idaho debut directing Glory Denied in 2016. Known for his fresh approach to the classics and for creating thrilling world premieres, his recent productions have garnered significant critical acclaim. Lewis won the Tobin Director-Designer Showcase grant from Opera America for his concept of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and has worked with Andrei Serban on Verdi’s Otello at the Paris Opera, starring Renée Fleming and Alexander Antonenko.
For more information on Alasdair Neale and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, visit svsummersymphony.org. Tickets and additional information on the performances are available on Opera Idaho’s website at operaidaho.org.