Music by Jeanine Tesori, libretto by Tazewell Thompson • April 23, 26, 28, 29, & May 1, 2022
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.
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.
Gordon Hawkins: The Reverend
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
Stage Director: Tazewell Thompson+
Associate Director: Cindy C. Oxberry+
Assistant Stage Director: Kaley Karis Smith*
Scenery Designer: Donald Eastman
Costume Designer: Jessica Jahn
Wig and Make-up Designer: TBA
Lighting Designer: TBA
Stage Manager: Cindy Knight
Asst Stage Manager- Alex W. Seidel
Asst Stage Manager- Hannah Nathan
Director of Musical Studies: Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist: James Lesniak
+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni
Music by Jeanine Tesori, libretto by Tazewell Thompson
Sung in English with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. These will be the first performances by Pittsburgh Opera
We want you to have the best experience possible at our performances!
- Run time: 2hrs with intermission
- Understand Every Word: Blue is sung in English, and has English supertitles projected above the stage at all performances
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- Pre-Opera Talks (TBA)
- Audio Description (TBA)
- Braille Programs (TBA)
- Large-Print Programs (TBA)
August Wilson African American Cultural Center Seating Chart
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