About WNO: Blue
How do you protect a child born into danger?
In Harlem, a couple celebrates the birth of their firstborn—a boy, black and beautiful. As the mother worries for their son’s future in today’s America, the father wrestles with his role as a police officer, a “black man in blue.” When the unimaginable happens years later and the son is killed by a white officer, their fears will strike devastatingly close to home.
WNO presents the D.C. premiere of Tony Award–winning composer Jeanine Tesori and NAACP Theatre Award–winning librettist Tazewell Thompson’s new opera inspired by contemporary events and Black literature, including Ta-Nehisi Coates’s "Between the World and Me" and James Baldwin’s "The Fire Next Time." Jeanine's signature and genre-blending style and vivid flashbacks capture the grief of a family and community navigating the turbulent waters of loss at the hands of police. Exploring race, violence, and reconciliation, "Blue" places timely issues at the forefront of modern opera and invites audiences to the emotional epicenter of their impact.
Music by Jeanine Tesori / Libretto by Tazewell Thompson
Co-Production with The Glimmerglass Festival and Lyric Opera of Chicago
Pre-performance talks will take place beginning one hour prior to each performance.
Audience talkback sessions with the artists will take place immediately after the following performances:
Sunday, 3/15 at 2pm
Monday, 3/23 at 7pm
Recommended for ages 12 and up.