Conversations in Blue

blue dayListen to our many conversations about Toledo Opera's production of "Blue," by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson – including interviews from our live "Blue Day" radio broadcast from the TLCPL Mott branch on August 18.

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Toledo Opera: Blue

Cast members and creatives for Toledo Opera's production of "Blue" join us to talk about the work and how it uses a 400 year old artistic platform (opera) to address contemporary issues faced by the African American community.

"Blue" With Dr. Naomi André

Dr. Naomi André, a celebrated musicologist and scholar, is a frequent contributor to the community discussions surrounding the new opera "Blue" and its production at Toledo Opera. In this conversation with WGTE's Brad Cresswell, Dr. André sheds light on where "Blue" not only fits into the traditional operatic canon, but how operas like this are directly relevant to today's societal issues of race relations, and point the way to the future of the art form itself.

Blue Day: Jason Kucsma

Blue Day Interview with Jason Kucsma, Executive Director of Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

Blue Day: Erin Baker

Blue Day interview with Erin Baker, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

Blue Day

Blue Day interview with Suzanne Rorick, Executive Director of Toledo Opera, and Alyssa Greenberg, Community Engagement Director for Toledo Opera

Blue Day: Tazewell Thompson

Blue Day interview with Tazewell Thompson, "Blue" Librettist and Director of Toledo Opera's production.

Blue Day: Wade Kapszukiewicz & Marvin Whitfield

Blue Day interview with Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and Dr. Marvin Whitfield, a retired law enforcement officer involved in mentorship work and law enforcement training in the community.

Blue Day: Paula Hicks-Hudson

Blue Day interview with Ohio State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson.

Blue Day: Councilman John Hobbs III

Blue Day interview with Toledo City Councilman John Hobbs III.

Blue Day: Lucas County Commissioner Gary Byers

Blue Day interview with Lucas County Commissioner Gary Byers.

Blue Day: Kames Dickerson And David Ross

James Dickerson, photographer, and David Ross, muralist – activist artists who were both profiled in the documentary film about "Blue."

Blue Day: Rasean Davonté Johnson

Blue Day interview with Rasean Davonté Johnson, "Blue" Projection Designer.

Blue Day: Gordon Hawkins

Blue Day interview with Gordon Hawkins, original cast member who sings the role of The Reverend in "Blue."

Blue Day: Chelsea Tipton II

Blue Day interview with Chelsea Tipton II, conductor of Toledo Opera's production of "Blue."

Blue Day: Anita Madison

Blue Day interview with Anita Madison, President, African American Police League and Retired Toledo Police Sergeant.

Blue Day: Celeste Taylor & Ronald Wells Jr.

Blue Day interview with Celeste Taylor, TLCPL Mott Branch Manager, and Ronald Wells Jr., Toledo Opera Trustee and Chair of the Toledo Opera Community Engagement Advisory Committee.