© Yassine El Manssouri
© Yassine El Manssouri

Jeanine Tesori: Blue
Studio Recording

Libretto by Tazewell Thompson
June 2021 in Washington, USA
the cast includes Kenneth Kellogg, Briana Hunter, Aaron Crouch, Gordon Hawkins & conductor Roderick Cox with The Washington National Opera Orchestra


Released on March 25, 2022

Jeanine Tesori & Tazewell Thompson: Blue
An Opera in Two Acts

Commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival
Recording produced by Washington National Opera


Kenneth Kellogg (The Father, Bass)
Briana Hunter (The Mother, Mezzo-Soprano)
Aaron Crouch (The Son, Tenor)
Gordon Hawkins (The Reverend, Baritone)
Ariana Wehr (Girlfriend 1 / Congregant 1 / Nurse, Soprano)
Katerina Burton (Girlfriend 2 / Congregant 2, Soprano)
Rehanna Thelwell (Girlfriend 3 / Congregant 3, Mezzo-Soprano)
Joshua Blue (Policeman 1 / Male Congregant 1, Tenor)
Martin Luther Clark (Policeman 2 / Male Congregant 2, Tenor)
Christian Simmons (Policeman 3 / Male Congregant 3, Bass-Baritone)
The Washington National Opera Orchestra
Roderick Cox (Conductor)

Music Supervisor & Assistant Conductor: Kevin Miller
Cover Conductor: Ken Weiss
Assistant Conductor: Joel Ayau
Orchestration Associate Rick Bassett
Copyists: Kyle Tieman-Strauss & Ashil Mistry
Composer’s Assistant: Christopher Anselmo
Piano & Vocal Score Preparation: Daniel Rudin
Stage Manager, Recording Sessions: Sean Corcoran

Special thanks to the music team of the world premiere production at The Glimmerglass Festival:
John DeMain, Michelle Rofrano, Diana Jaensch, Daniel Schlosberg, and Ethan Cypress

Music © 2019 Jeanine Tesori, Libretto © 2019 Tazewell Thompson


Production Team

Executive Producers: Timothy O’Leary, Francesca Zambello (both Washington National Opera) & Job Maarse (San Francisco Classical Recording Company)
Project Coordinator: David Butler (Washington National Opera)
Booklet Editor: Kelley Rourke
Media Consultant Michael Bronson
Recording Producer Blanton Alspaugh (Soundmirror, Inc.)
Balance Engineer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer Mark Donahue (Soundmirror, Inc.)
Recording Engineer Brandon Johnson (Soundmirror, Inc.)
Production Manager: Christina Gembaczka (for SFCRC)

A production by Washington National Opera
in association with San Francisco Classical Recording Company

Recording Location

June 21-29, 2021
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, Washington D.C., USA