Follow the link below to read the story of Blue.
This performance makes references to child loss and depicts scenes of grief that some audience members may find distressing.
Doing the work: opera as conversation
Opera is an Italian word meaning work, and the workers are many – those who write, who interpret, who perform, who build, who witness and respond. In such an intensively collaborative art form, one task is shared by all: conversation. What story do we need, at this time, in this place? And what does each person – what craft, what personal experience, what pain and hope and fear and joy – bring to the project? How does each person make space for other individuals’ skill and wisdom while breathing a new story into being?
‘Blue is a call for hope, understanding and love’
Six questions for librettist and director Tazewell Thompson.
An interview with Jeanine Tesori about Blue
A Black man in casual urban wear is looking straight at the audience. Without any further introduction, the audience is left to their own biases and faced with their expectations. The playing field is levelled. This is how Blue starts. With the opera, composer Jeanine Tesori and librettist and director Tazewell Thompson wanted to go against stereotypes to tell a new and real story about the impact of police brutality on an ordinary Black family.
‘You keepin’ it safe for the white man, not for me’
A brief look at the history of the police in America.
‘The Soul of Food’: From Plantation Provision Ground to Today’s Kitchen Table
African American cuisine plays a starring role in Blue. The mother in the family that the opera revolves around is the proud owner of a soul food restaurant. She brings these traditional dishes into the home as well as a way to not only show her love, but to also ease the mounting tensions between her husband and son. Soul food has its origins on the plantations where enslaved people were forced to get creative with the leftover scraps of food given to them by the plantation owners.
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