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 Count Ribbing
When: November 14-23
Where: Opera de Oviedo, Spain

Sigismondo, G. Rossini as Zenovito & Ulderico
with Capella Cracoviensis
When: January 23-30, 2020
Where: Opera Rara Festival , Krakow Poland

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

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

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

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.

Karli Cadel