Blue, a new opera by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson, had its world premiere at The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York on Sunday, July 14. Our own Music Director John DeMain conducted the orchestra in this premiere, which garnered favorable reviews from a number of sources. Update as of June 17, 2020: The Music Critics Association of North America announced that composer Jeanine Tesori and librettist Tazewell Thompson are the recipients of its 2020 award for best new opera for “Blue.” Read more.

Read more at the links below:

Broadway World, July 14: New Work By Jeanine Tesori Will Premiere At The Glimmerglass Festival
Times Union, July 15: Power, poignancy in Glimmerglass’ ‘Blue’
Financial Times, July 16: Glimmerglass Festival premieres Blue, an exceptionally strong new opera about race in America
The Daily Gazette, July 16: Sets, sights, singing equal Glimmerglass triumph
Gay City News, July 31: Jeanine Tesori’s Wrenchingly Timely “Blue”
The New York Times, August 2: Review: Police Violence Reaches Opera in ‘Blue’