Dutch National Opera to Present European Premiere of ‘Blue’

By Francisco Salazar

The Dutch National Opera is set to present the European premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s “Blue.”

The opera is a topical set in Harlem and about a black couple who anticipates the birth of its first-born son, with both hope and anxiety. The mother worries about her son’s future as she watches him become a young man and enter the world of activism. Meanwhile, the father tries to open his son’s eyes to the realities of 21st century America, whilst simultaneously struggling with his own identity as a police officer, a ‘Black man in blue’. When the parents’ deepest fears come true, they have to find a way to cope with reality.

The opera had its world premiere at The Glimmerglass Festival in July 2019 and has since been acclaimed. Tazewell Thompson is set to direct the production with Kenneth Kellogg, Aundi Marie Moore, Daius Gillard, Will Liverman, Vuvu Mpofu, Thembinkosi Magagula, Rehanna Thelwel, Thando Mjandana, Charles Williamson, and Martin Mkhize.

“Blue” opens on Nov. 7 and runs through Nov. 22, 2022.