Toledo Opera will host a third screening of the documentary film Blue: Stories from Toledo at the Millennium Theatre on the campus of Maumee Valley Country Day School.
To contextualize the story of Blue within the lived experiences of Toledoans, Toledo Opera and Madhouse Creative collaborated on a 22-minute documentary film featuring interviews with Toledoans and opera experts.
MVCDS parent and Toledo Opera soprano Eboné Waweru and MVCDS Music Teacher Mr. Brown will perform music.
Blue is the story of an African American couple in Harlem who anticipates the birth of their firstborn, a son, with both hope and fear. As the baby grows into a young man, the mother worries for his future, and the father tries to prepare his son for the realities of 21st century America, while wrestling with his own identity as a police officer, a "Black man in blue"; When their deepest fears come true, the family is forced to navigate a devastating reality seeking answers and support from their church and community. Toledo Opera presents the Tony Award®–winning composer Jeanine Tesori and NAACP Theatre Award–winning librettist Tazewell Thompson’s new opera inspired by contemporary events and Black literature. Influenced by gospel music and using vivid flashbacks, Blue places timely issues at the forefront of modern opera and invites audiences to the emotional epicenter of their impact. Chelsea Tipton, II
returns to Toledo to conduct the opera and librettist Tazewell Thompson serves as the stage director.
This event is free and open to the public. For public registration to the event, please RSVP to Luke Serrano
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Blue is made possible by Owens Corning, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about Blue, please visit www.toledoopera.org/upcoming-performances/season-event/blue/.
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