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An African American couple in Harlem is filled with hope as well as fear for their activist teenage son: The mother worries for his future, while the father, preparing his son for the realities of 21st-century America, wrestles with his own identity as a police officer, a “Black man in blue.” When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken, devastated parents seek answers and support from their church and community. Blue’s vibrant, moving, and humorous libretto is by international director of opera and theater, Tazewell Thompson. The soaring score is by the acclaimed Tony Award-winning Jeanine Tesori, whose work spans musical forms from opera (A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck and Grounded, a new Metropolitan Opera commission) to Broadway (Fun Home and Caroline, or Change). Exploring race, violence, forgiveness, and reconciliation, Blue places timely issues at the forefront of modern opera and invites audiences to the emotional epicenter of their impact.
“A wrenching and remarkably original opera that explores deeply personal emotional truths and gives them universal resonance.”– Wall Street Journal
Pre-performance panel discussion with Jeanine Tesori, Tazewell Thompson, and others on Saturday, July 25 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at the Varis Leichtman Studio at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Join Blue creators Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson, and others, for a panel discussion about the urgent social issues that inspired their opera, and art’s ability to portray diverse characters and foster constructive dialogue.
Post-performance talk with Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson on Sunday, July 26
Post-performance talk with cast members on Monday, July 27
Live audio description, designed for guests who are blind or have low vision to fully experience visual elements of the production, is available on Monday, July 27 at 7:30 pm. To reserve receivers, contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.
For ticketing information and general questions, please call 212.721.6500.
July 25–27, 2020 Rose Theater
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Blue was commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival and premiered in July 2019.
The scenery and costumes were originally created for a co-production with The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation