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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.


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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 2020/21: Commendatore, Don Giovanni

Hometown: Richmond, CA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Ulderico & Zenovito, Sigismondo (Capella Cracoviensis); Father, Blue (Glimmerglass Festival); Sparafucile, Rigoletto (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera)
Upcoming: Sarastro, The Magic Flute (Theatre St. Gallen); Soloist, A Perfect Union—The Obama Symphony (Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra); Father, Blue (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Last Updated: December 2020

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: Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (Atlanta and Arizona Opera); Tenor, Das Paradies und die Peri (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra); Antenore, Zelmira (Belcanto Opera Festival)
Upcoming: Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (New Orleans Opera); Tenor, I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra); Tenor, A Child of our Time (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall)

Last Updated: June 2021

Joshua Stewart

The Son

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

Gordon Hawkins

The Reverend

Baritone
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22:
 The Reverend, Blue

Hometown: Washington, DC
Seattle Opera Debut: Amonasro, Aida (’92) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Amonasro, Aida ('18); Nabucco, Nabucco (’15); Porgy, Porgy and Bess (’11)
Recently: Amonasro, Aida (Washington National Opera); Warden, Dead Man Walking (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Alberich, Der Ring des Nibelungen (Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Old Emile, Champion (Boston Lyric Opera); Scarpia, Tosca (Portland Opera) 

Last updated: April 2021

Gordon Hawkins

The Reverend

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

Ariana Wehr

Girlfriend 1/Nurse

Soprano
At Seattle Opera in 2021/22:
Eurydice, Orpheus and Eurydice; Girlfriend 1/Nurse, Blue

Hometown: Brazil
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
 Blanche/Sadie, Champion (Boston Lyric Opera); Girlfriend #1/Nurse/Congregant, Blue (Washington National Opera)  
Upcoming: Despina, Così fan tutte (Opera in the Heights); Gretel, Hansel and Gretel (Brava! Opera Theater); Micaela, Carmen (Opera Louisiana)

Last Updated: June 2021

Ariana Wehr

Girlfriend 1/Nurse

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

Creative Team

Jeanine Tesori

Composer

Jeanine Tesori has written four Tony-nominated scores for Broadway: Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center, Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan), Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony Kushner), and Shrek the Musical (lyrics, David Lindsay-Abaire). Her film scores include Nights in Rodanthe, Winds of Change, Show Business, and Wrestling With Angels. Opera commissions include Met/LCT Opera/Theater and Glimmerglass Opera (A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck with Tony Kushner). 

Last Updated: May 2021

Jeanine Tesori

Composer

Seattle Opera Debut

Tazewell Thompson

Stage Director

At Seattle Opera in 2021/22: Stage Director, Blue

Seattle Opera Debut
Recently:
  Blue (Minnesota Opera); Freedom Ride (Chicago Opera Theater); Blue (Glimmerglass Festival); Xerxes (Glimmerglass Festival); Lost in the Stars (Washington National Opera); Catone in Utica (Opera Lafayette)

Last Updated: May 2021

Tazewell Thompson

Stage Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Viswa Subbaraman

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Flight

Hometown: Big Spring, TX
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: We Shall Not Be Moved (Opera Philadelphia, Dutch National Opera); Voir Dire (Fort Worth Opera)

Last Updated: January 2021

Viswa Subbaraman

Conductor

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