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Wed, Mar 22


Kennedy Center

Washington National Opera presents "Blue"

A family and community struggle when a police officer kills a teenager in the D.C. premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s acclaimed new opera.

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Washington National Opera presents "Blue"
Washington National Opera presents "Blue"

Time & Location

Mar 22, 2023, 7:30 PM – Mar 23, 2023, 7:30 PM

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, USA

About the Event

How do you protect a child born into danger? 

“Best New Opera of 2020” (The Music Critics Association of North America) 

Music by Jeanine Tesori / Libretto by Tazewell Thompson In English with Projected English Titles New Production, Co-Produced with The Glimmerglass Festival and Lyric Opera of Chicago

In Harlem, a couple celebrates the birth of their firstborn—a boy, Black and beautiful. As the mother worries for her son’s future in today’s America, the father wrestles with his role as a police officer, a “Black man in blue.” When the unimaginable happens years later and a white officer kills the son, their deepest fears will come true.

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