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Tazewell Thompson

Glimmerglass Festival
Librettist and Director, BLUE
Tazewell Thompson is an internationally-acclaimed director of opera in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and the USA; and theatre, with over 85 productions (many world and American premieres, with over 20 productions at Arena Stage, where he served for many seasons as associate artistic director). As an award-winning playwright, his works include CONSTANT STAR (16 national productions), JAM & SPICE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, MARY T & LIZZY K.

Recent credits include a teaching and directing residency at Dartmouth College for two years; Washington National Opera debut with a record three operas in one season in all three theaters (Philip Glass Appomattox, Kurt Weill Lost in the Stars, and Vivaldi Catone in Utica); the American premiere of the Vivaldi opera Catone in Utica for Glimmerglass Festival; A Raisin in the Sun for Arena Stage; and his favorite play Caucasian Chalk Circle for NYU. For television’s PBS Live From Lincoln Center, his production of Porgy & Bess received EMMY nominations for Best Classical Production and Best Direction.

He is currently writing the libretto for a new opera, Blue, with multi-award winning composer Jeanine Tesori, commissioned by Glimmerglass Festival Opera and set to premiere summer 2019. His new play, an a cappella musical, Jubilee, about The Fisk Jubilee Singers, will premiere spring 2019 at Arena Stage in Washington DC.