November 16. 2024 - December 01. 2024

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November 16. 2024 - December 01. 2024

Lyric premiere Blue

Blue is destined to become an American classic. Co-produced by Lyric, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Washington National Opera, the opera presents the moving story of ​​a Black middle-class family in Harlem whose hopes and dreams for their teenage son are shattered when he is shot by a white police officer. Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori’s magnificently moving music is matched by Tazewell Thompson’s probing, deeply sensitive libretto. The vocally and theatrically formidable bass Kenneth Kellogg (Lyric debut), who scored a triumph in the world premiere and in productions around the world, plays opposite two outstanding American artists – mezzo-soprano Zoie Reams and baritone Norman Garrett – in this anticipated Chicago premiere.

  • Language: Sung in English with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House
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Lyric’s presentation of Tesori and Thompson’s Blue is generously made possible by The Joyce Foundation.




* Lyric debut
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Scenery and Costumes for this production of Blue are co-produced by Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera.

Header images: Scott Suchman/Washington National Opera, Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival