A Streetcar Named Desire (movie)
Rapturous response to André Previn's 'Streetcar Named Desire'
Rapturous response to André Previn's 'Streetcar Named Desire'

It was 25 years ago last month that André Previn angrily resigned as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic over artistic control. Long before that, though, Previn had begun burning bridges with Los Angeles, where he grew up and became a prominent film composer, jazz pianist and chamber musician. But there could be little doubt Sunday, when the Los Angeles Opera gave the local premiere of Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire," that he is considerably more successful a musician than an arsonist. The bridges still stand. A few minutes before the late afternoon performance was to begin, there was a long line at the Dorothy Chandler box office. The crowd seemed to include people from...