Midwest Premiere


The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

music by Jeanine Tesori
lyrics by Tazewell Thompson
directed by Tazewell Thompson
in collaboration with Lyric Opera of Chicago

Praise for Blue

“Powerful—as well as sadly timely. A strong yet subtle score that avoids the obvious and exudes a personal voice, and one of the most elegant librettos I’ve heard in a long time.”


“A timely, riveting, intense, poignant and dramatic two-act opera that captures the essence of the too-often occurrence of young black men being shot by police. Quite remarkable.”



“An exceptionally strong new opera about race in America. Thompson has written a sensitive, poetic libretto. Tesori’s music is eclectic, her orchestration is rich and her vocal lines retain a beauty and eloquence.”


“Eloquent and gritty. The libretto is American verismo: raw in its directness, devastating in its honesty. Tesori’s tone painting subtly blends whiffs of jazz, blues, and soul within a singable, engaging, and smartly expressive score.”



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