Crossing, Matthew Aucoinas Freddie Stowers
Opening events for the new American Civil War Museum
When: February  28, 2019 1:30pm  and 7:30pm
Where: 500 Tredegar Road, Richmond Virgina 23219

Rigoletto, Guiseppi Verdi as Sparafucile
When: April 13, 2019 8pm
Where: Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera

Blue, Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson as Father (World Premiere)
When: July 14th-August 22nd                                                                             Where:Glimmerglass  Festival, Cooperstown, NY              

Un Ballo in Maschera, Giuseppi Verdi as Samuel
When: November 14-23
Where: Opera de Oviedo


Blue, Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson as Father
When: March 15-28, 2020
Where: Washington National Opera

Obama Symphony, Frucht (World Premiere)
When: TBA
Where: Ridgefield Symphony

Porgy and Bess, Gershwin as Crown
When: May 9-23
Where: Washington National Opera

Blue, Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson as Father
When: June
Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lyric Unlimited
Photo by Valentina Sadiul
Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson

The Glimmerglass Festival has commissioned composer Jeanine Tesori and librettist Tazewell Thompson to write a new opera about race in America, entitled Blue, which will be given eight world premiere performances throughout July/August 2019, in the Festival’s 900-seat opera theater. Blue brings audiences into the emotional epicenter of an African-American couple — a father and a mother — who lose their teenage son when he is killed by a police officer. The opera is inspired by contemporary events and Black literature, including Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, and focuses on the joys and sorrows of bringing a child into a world in which African-American families are forced to question if their sons’ lives matter.

Blue is the Festival’s 13th commission. Although Glimmerglass offers a wide range of music each season, the production and presentation of new and recent American work is an anchor of the company’s programming. With this commitment, Glimmerglass has progressively focused on creating seasons intended to spark important conversations about today’s world by braiding together mainstage repertory and ancillary programs that delve into the difficult and sensitive process of transforming news-making real-life issues into opera.

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