Seattle Opera Weblog: Reward for Blue


Learn among the evaluations for Seattle Opera’s present manufacturing of Blue, from critics and audiences alike.

Picture credit score: Philip Newton

Blue is the 2020 winner of Finest New Opera from the
Music Critics Affiliation of North America, created by librettist Tazewell
Thompson (5 NAACP Awards, plus two Emmy nominations) and composer Jeanine
Tesori (Tony-winner identified for Enjoyable Dwelling). Seattle Opera’s Blue runs
Feb. 26 & 27 and March 2, 5, 9, 11, & 12, 2022 at McCaw Corridor.
Tickets & information at

“Tazewell Thompson put his all the pieces into this opera. What an incredible present throughout.” —Converge Media

“Seattle Opera has produced a riveting manufacturing of the brand new opera ‘Blue.’ […] Every thing comes collectively for this West Coast premiere to create a gripping, enlightening, and transferring expertise.” —OperaWire

“Such a transferring opera. Everybody ought to see it. The forged is terrific, the music highly effective and the libretto poetic.” —Heather through Instagram

“Beautiful voices stuffed with ardour. Plan to attend once more to soak up the complexities. Standing ovation from the second the curtain calls started till they closed. Nicely deserved for a wonderful forged!” —Valerie S. through Fb

“Seattle Opera’s staging offers Blue‘s story precisely the presentation it calls for: engrossing, difficult, and delightful.” —NWTheatre

Blue is outstanding. […] The expertise was not what we have been anticipating for the opera—completely the other. What was most superior about all of it was seeing the Black performers shine in all their roles.” —Touring Whereas Black in Seattle

From left: Kenneth Kellog, Briana Hunter, and Joshua Stewart in Blue. Picture credit score: Philip Newton.

“Magnificent- the storytelling drew me in, nice performing and the choral sequences introduced me to tears. Not a ‘basic’ opera however I felt this. Usually operatic tragedies border on farcical – this was visceral and actual.” —Susan T. through Fb

“Terrific opera, and everybody can relate to the characters, the heartbreak, and the humor. Units are refreshingly minimal, forged is 10, and the story is up to date and common. Everybody ought to see it.” —Fran H. through Fb

“In a medium like opera the place Black tales don’t grace the stage almost sufficient, [this chapter in opera’s evolution] is important. A narrative about how police violence rips and tears not simply at Black households, however at Black communities, in an opera house is one thing particular, maybe even one thing radical to some opera attendees.” —Seattle Instances

“Mezzo-soprano Briana Hunter as The Mom, bass Kenneth Kellogg as The Father, and tenor Joshua Stewart as The Son all sang and acted beautifully, as did the small group who portrayed their buddies and group members.” —Seattle Homosexual Information

Kenneth Kellogg and Joshua Stewart in Blue. Picture credit score: Sunny Martini.

“This was superb!! Such a robust piece of artwork and ought to be together with in each opera home’s seasons! Thanks for bringing it to Seattle!” —Brenna W. through Fb

“I completely liked the opera, music, libretto, Director, singers and orchestra. A life altering expertise with soul and coronary heart wrenching emotion. An ideal opera. I want extra folks knew how actually beautiful this opera is. Bravo to all concerned with this manufacturing. I hope it returns.” —@m.schradi through Instagram

“It was a pleasure to see ‘Blue’ on the McCaw Corridor stage. I would like extra up to date operas telling the tales of extra various populations sooner or later. Thanks to the Seattle Opera and to the creatives concerned with ‘Blue’ for paving a brand new path in the way forward for the world of opera.” —Eclectic Arts


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