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Daily Press: Virginia Opera closes its season with Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

The word “genius” gets tossed around a lot in the music world, but most agree that Wolfgang A. Mozart deserves the accolade. Conductor Steven Smith and stage director Lillian Groag, who are collaborating on Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” have no trouble citing examples of the composer’s amazing talents. The Virginia Opera production of this comic masterpiece will open Saturday in Norfolk.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch: Opera review: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

“I think ‘Streetcar’ is an opera already, except that it doesn’t have music,” composer André Previn once said in sizing up Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Virginia Opera’s powerhouse production of Previn’s three-hour 1998 opera, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” now in the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, shows just how right he was.

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DC Metro Theater Arts: A Streetcar Named Desire (The Opera) at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Virginia Opera’s third installment in their 2013 American series, A Streetcar Named Desire, an opera in three acts premiered at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm. Originally written in 1947 by American playwright Thomas “Tennessee” Williams, who received the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Streetcar was finally presented as an opera by first-class composer André Previn and premiered at the San Francisco Opera in 1998.

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The Washington Times: Virginia Opera brings Andre Previn’s ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ to GMU

The Virginia Opera once again takes a daring move, bringing its company and Fairfax County premiere production of André Previn’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts tomorrow, March 1, 2013 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. Previn’s nearly new opera, premiered by the San Francisco Opera in 1998, adds a modernist score to Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play re-creating the playwright’s famously brutal almost-love story for the musical stage.

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WHRO: Streetcar Review by John Campbell

The Virginia Opera production of A Streetcar Named Desire gave a new perspective on a classic American play, then movie and now an opera (1998). Director Sam Helfrich has said “I discovered that the music had the ability to cleverly reveal aspects of each character that could easily remain hidden in a straight reading of the play.”

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Fairfax Times: ‘Streetcar’ turns into Fairfax

“Who wants real? I know I don’t want it. I want magic!” are lines of dialogue many know. In the past, these lines from Tennessee Williams’ legendary 1948 Pulitzer Prize winning “A Streetcar Named Desire” have been spoken, and not associated with music or singing. That has now changed. As an opera, with music in a key central role throughout, the rarely performed in D.C, “Streetcar,” with its memorably rich, damaged characters, takes on a whole new life.

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Alt Daily: The Lure of a Simple, Animalistic Man: A Streetcar Named Desire @ Virginia Opera

Does it conjure up images of long dead classical composers like Mozart and Verdi; centuries old tales filled with plot twists involving Valkyries and sprites; divas belting out songs in German or Italian? The Virginia Opera is boldly trying to change those perceptions of opera with a season filled with modern and American opera selections. An operatic version of the classic Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire opened Saturday night at the Harrison Opera House.

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