“Blue is surely one of the best new operas to have been written in North America (…) in the past dozen years.” “The one big name in the cast is Gordon Hawkins, a world-renowned Porgy, Rigoletto and Alberich who here establishes a rock-solid presence as The Reverend.” Ralph P. Locke
October 13 – 15, 2023
Location: Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix (Arizona)
October 21 & 22, 2023
Location: Temple of Music and Art, Tucson (Arizona)
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June / July, 2023
Gordon Hawkins creates the role of “Preacher Man”.
Directed by Yuval Sharon and curated by Renée Fleming, Proximity is a gripping, powerful trio of new works that confronts head-on some of the greatest challenges affecting us as a society: yearning for connection in a world driven by technology; the devastating impact of gun violence on cities and neighborhoods; and the need to respect and protect our natural resources.
As the story zooms in and out from the individual to the community to the cosmic, we find ourselves in a compelling snapshot of 21st century life, with all of its complex intersections and commonalities.
Sure to be one of the most widely heralded musical events of 2022/23, this new Lyric commission – bringing together a complement of some of the most important creative minds of our time, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Grammy Awards, and the MacArthur Genius Grant – promises to be by turns riveting, provocative, and inspiring.
The Walkers Composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain with libretto by Anna Deavere Smith.
Four Portraits Composed by Caroline Shaw with libretto by Caroline Shaw and Jocelyn Clarke.
Night Composed by John Luther Adams with libretto by John Haines.
Language: Sung in English with projected English titles
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes with 1 intermission
March 24, 26, 29, 2023
April 5, 8, 2023
“Blue” has been released. Click here to order: The album – produced by Washington National Opera in association with San Francisco Classical Recording Company – has been released as 2 SACDs and in digital format for streaming and high-resolution downloads.
“Blue is surely one of the best new operas to have been written in North America (…) in the past dozen years.”Ralph P. Locke
“The one big name in the cast is Gordon Hawkins, a world-renowned Porgy, Rigoletto and Alberich who here establishes a rock-solid presence as The Reverend.”
Listening During Covid, Part 11: Making Classical Music New in All Kinds of Ways Review of Blue recording By Prof. Ralph P. Locke
June 13 – 28, 2022
Sinfonieorchester St.Gallen, Switzerland
Porgy & Bess, Gershwin
May 18/20/22, 2022
School Culture, Equity and Diversity Committee with the MVP Department presents: GORDON HAWKINS
We invite you to join with questions for an informal conversation with Mr. Hawkins.
Meeting ID: 916 1749 4663
Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 7:00 pm (GMT).
This virtual event is free and open to the public