Lyric Opera of Chicago

Student Night - A Streetcar Named Desire

For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2013

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents
a special performance
for high-school and college students of
A Streetcar Named Desire
by André Previn
based on the play by Tennessee Williams
featuring an alternate cast 

Student Night tickets 
$20 one night only – Friday, April 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m. 
at the Civic Opera House 

Lyric Opera of Chicago announces a special performance of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire for high-school and college students with tickets for only $20. The operatic version of the Tennessee Williams classic will be seen in a semi-staged presentation with the Lyric Opera Orchestra onstage, with singers Beverly O’ Regan Thiele (Blanche), Kiera Duffy (Stella), David Adam Moore (Stanley), and Scott Ramsay (Mitch). Evan Rogister conducts this presentation, which is directed by Brad Dalton.

This one-time -only Student Night performance takes place at the Civic Opera House (20 N. Wacker Drive) on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Student tickets are $20. For further information – 312.332.2244 or

“Lyric wants to make opera accessible to all of Chicago,” says Lyric’s general director Anthony Freud. “And what better way to engage our youth than presenting them with an important and popular recent work that’s sure to captivate and enthrall. A Streetcar Named Desire is compelling and very accessible both musically and dramatically. This evening will live in the memory of these young people for many years to come.”

André Previn composed A Streetcar Named Desire in 1997 with the world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming creating the role of Blanche DuBois. The opera received its world premiere in San Francisco in 1998 and has been performed in numerous U.S. cities, as well as in Europe, Australia, and Japan. Streetcar’s libretto is by Philip Littell.

This presentation is part of Lyric Unlimited, a multifaceted program of expanded community engagement and artistic initiatives aimed at exploring ways in which opera can resonate with individuals and communities.

Lyric Opera presentation of A Streetcar Named Desire generously made possible by The Hurvis Charitable Foundation and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Student Night performance made possible by: 
Lead Sponsor: Dr. Scholl Foundation.

Cosponsors: An Anonymous Donor, John and Rosemary Brown, General Mills Foundation, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Linda K. and Dennis M. Myers, Carol Prins and John Hart, the Segal Family Foundation, and the Bill and Orli Staley Foundation.