Stagedirector Tazewell Thompson about the opera Blue | Dutch National Opera

Opera has rarely been as topical as Blue. In Harlem, a black couple anticipates the birth of its first-born son, with both hope and anxiety. The mother worries about her son’s future as she watches him become a young man and enter the world of activism. Meanwhile, the father tries to open his son’s eyes to the realities of 21st century America, whilst simultaneously struggling with his own identity as a police officer, a ‘Black man in blue’. When the parents’ deepest fears come true, they have to find a way to cope with reality.
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Composition Jeanine Tesori
Libretto Tazewell Thompson

Musical direction Kwamé Ryan
Stage direction Tazewell Thompson
Set design Donald Eastman
Costume design Jessica Jahn
Lighting design Robert Wierzel, Eric Norbury

The Father Kenneth Kellogg
The Mother Aundi Marie Moore
The Son Darius Gillard
The Reverend Will Liverman
Girlfriends / Congregants
Vuvu Mpofu
Thembinkosi Magagula
Rehanna Thelwell
Policemen / Congregants
Thando Mjandana
Charles Williamson
Martin Mkhize

Residentie Orkest The Hague

Blue was commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival and premiered in July, 2019.
Co-production: The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago

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