|Dan Kempson and Carrie Hennessey in Townsend Opera's A Streetcar Named Desire|
Although the role of Stanley Kowalski was originally sung by fellow barihunk Rod Gilfry, the role seems like it was written for Kempson. Blessed with one of the most beautiful baritone voices in opera, he also has the same smoldering sexual charisma that Marlon Brando brought to the movie role. In a stroke of genius casting, Townsend Opera in conjunction with the Fresno Grand Opera were the first to cast him in this role, affording people in Northern California to get the first glimpse of Kempson in a role that will certainly become a signature part for him in his rising career.
|Scenes from A Streetcar Named Desire at Townsend Opera|
|Rod Gilfry (left) and Marlon Brando (right)|
The remainder of the cast includes Carrie Hennessey as Blanche DuBois, Kiera Duffy as Stella, James Callon as “Mitch,” Sharmay Musacchio as Eunice Hubbel and Robert Norman as Steve Hubbel. Tickets for the January 23 and 25 performances at Townsend Opera are available online, as are tickets for the February 15th performance in Fresno.