Blue is the Opera on Police Violence that America Needs to See, But Can’t

opera stage performance Kenneth Kellogg as the Father and Aaron Crouch as the Son in the Glimmerglass Festival's 2019 world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson's “Blue.” Photo by Karli Cadel. Courtesy of The Glimmerglass Festival.

‘“Blue” requires more than the immersive volume of an orchestra or the grand scale of an opera house. It demands its place on the stage and within a tradition that for centuries has excluded visions of black experience. Just as opera helped elevate “Blue,” so, too, can “Blue” elevate the future of American opera,' says classical music critic Michael Brodeur of the winner of the Music Critics Association’s best new opera award, 'Blue.'"

 

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Michael Andor Brodeur, “Blue is the Opera on Police Violence that America Needs to See, But Can’t,”The Washington Post, June 17th, 2020.