March 16, 2022
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Pittsburgh Opera presents the gripping Blue, April 23-May 1 at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center

Production photo from the opera Blue, taken by Karli Cadel Photography

Photo credit: Karli Cadel Photography

Reflective of an all-too-familiar American headline, Blue centers on the hopes and fears of a young Black couple as they raise their son. 

As the boy grows into a young man, he becomes a student artist and activist. His mother worries for his future, while his father tries to prepare him for the harsh realities of 21st-century America. The father also wrestles with his own identity as a police officer, a "Black man in blue", and the friction that causes within the family. 

When their deepest fears come true, the grieving parents must navigate the turbulent waters of loss at the hands of police, while seeking answers and support from their church and community. 

Tony Award®–winning composer Jeanine Tesori and NAACP Theatre Award–winning librettist Tazewell Thompson’s new opera is inspired by contemporary events and Black literature. Exploring race, violence, and reconciliation, Blue places timely issues at the forefront of modern opera and invites audiences to the emotional epicenter of their impact. 

Besides its traditional four-performance schedule, Pittsburgh Opera is adding a special student/community matinee as a fifth performance at 10:00AM on Thursday, April 28th. To bring your school or community group to this performance, please contact Pittsburgh Opera’s Wendy Parkulo at 412-281-0912, ext. 213.

In addition, Pittsburgh Opera is hosting Opera Up Close: A Community Conversation at 2:00PM on Sunday, April 10th. This special virtual event with community leaders and Blue’s librettist and stage director Tazewell Thompson will discuss the opera’s major themes–fatherhood, motherhood, religious support, and police perspective, all from the perspective of the Black community. Participating in this panel discussion will be:

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of all the panelists. Registration for this powerful conversation is free, and available online.

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