Bold. Brave. Brilliant.
Music by André Previn, Libretto by Philip Littell, based on the play by Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire

A gripping new operatic production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece, complete with a musical score by renowned film composer, André Previn, and direction by internationally-acclaimed American soprano, Patricia Racette.

Set in New Orleans in the late 1940’s, A Streetcar Named Desire spins a tightening web around three classic characters: Blanche DuBois, a troubled former schoolteacher, her sister, Stella, and Stella’s husband, Stanley. 

When Blanche leaves her home in a small Mississippi town to move in with the couple, her insecurity, indiscrete sexual behavior, drinking, and the terror of losing her fading Southern belle beauty, creates a cataclysmic scenario that threatens to destroy everyone in its path.

Arizona Opera’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire is to be directed by one of opera’s preeminent singing actresses of all time, Patricia Racette. Ms. Racette’s evolving career over three decades has expanded in recent years to broader arenas as both stage director and master teacher.  Commented Ms. Racette: “I am thrilled to make my Arizona Opera debut in the creation and direction of this new production of Streetcar. As both a participant and proponent of telling our stories, I find it especially fitting that this important piece of American music theater is being mounted by a rising leader in the production of American opera.”

Appropriate for ages Middle School and Up



Phoenix – February 26-28, 2021 – Symphony Hall
Tucson – March 6-7, 2021 – Tucson Music Hall


Single tickets will go on sale this summer. Check back for updates.

Estimated running time: Three Hours, with one intermission
Part of the Arizona Opera Main Stage Series and the Marlu Allan and Scott Stallard Modern Masterworks Series. Production made possible, in part, through generous support from Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Sherry Middlemas, Barbara D. Molotsky, Judy Magnuson, and Chris Wadman and Patricia Bowers.