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Blue

Feb. 26 & 27, 2022
Mar. 2, 5, 9, 11, & 12, 2022
McCaw Hall

Overview

Powerful. One of the best librettos I’ve heard in a long while.”

The New York Times

But here we are now: art imitating life, life imitating art. Unfortunately, the themes in “Blue” have no expiration date.”

Tazewell Thompson


Music by Jeanine Tesori; Libretto by Tazewell Thompson

The 2020 winner for Best New Opera (Music Critics Association) arrives at the McCaw Hall stage in February 2022. From the award-winning team of librettist Tazewell Thompson and composer Jeanine Tesori comes Blue, a portrait of contemporary African American life: of love and loss, church, sisterhood, and most importantly, family. A young couple celebrates the joy of family with the birth of their son. And, later leans on their close-knit community in the aftermath of his death at the hands of a police officer.

Single tickets on sale dates

  • August 24 for all subscribers and donors.
  • September 1 for the general public.

Performance Information

Performance Information

McCaw Hall

Evening performances at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM

In English with English Subtitles

Performance Time: 2 hour and 30 minutes.

Movie-style Rating: PG-13

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Cast

Briana Hunter

The Mother

At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: The Mother, Blue

Hometown: Malvern, PA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:  Prince Orlovsky, Die Fledermaus (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Mother, Blue (Glimmerglass Opera); Ottavia, The Coronation of Poppea (Bare Opera); Dolores “Dee Dee” Reyes, The Last American Hammer (UrbanArias); Flora, La traviata (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Pvt. Stanton, An American Soldier (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis)

Last Updated: May 2021

Briana Hunter

The Mother

Seattle Opera Debut
Feb 26 & 27m
Mar. 2, 5, 9, 11, 12

Kenneth Kellogg

The Father

Bass
At Seattle Opera 2021/22: The Father, Blue

Hometown: Richmond, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Commendatore, Don Giovanni ('21)
Recently: Don Basilio The Barber of Seville (San Francisco Opera); Raimondo Lucia de Lammermoor (Madison Opera); Rocco Fidelio (North Carolina Opera)
Upcoming: Grand Inquisitor Don Carlo (Maryland Lyric Opera); Crown, Porgy and Bess (NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Germany); King Balthazar, Amahl and the Night Visitors (Theater an der Wien)

Last Updated: June 2021

Kenneth Kellogg

The Father

Feb 26 & 27m
Mar. 2, 5, 9, 11, 12

Joshua Stewart

The Son

At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: The Son, Blue 

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Seattle Opera Debut:Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird
Recently: Tenor, Das Paradies und die Peri (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra); Antenore, Zelmira (Belcanto Opera Festival); Rodolfo La Boheme (Columbus Symphony)
Upcoming: Valour, L’amant anonyme (Theater St Gallen, Switzerland); Clockkeeper, Violet (Aldeburgh Festival, UK); Calibran, Sycorax (Conzert Theater Bern, Switzerland)

Last Updated: June 2021

Joshua Stewart

The Son

Feb 26 & 27m
Mar. 2, 5, 9, 11, 12