Music by Jeanine Tesori; Libretto by Tazewell Thompson


Family is everything. Even when it falls apart.

20 Apr–4 May 2023

A generational rift leads to father and son at odds, with the fate of the family at risk.

Asking ever-relevant questions of race, duty and the extent to which loyalty can hold before breaking, Blue follows an African American family as the patriarch’s job as a policeman clashes with his activist son’s notions of equality and justice.

Marking the UK opera debut of Blue, the acclaimed Tony Award-winning composer, Jeanine Tesori’s score will be fused with the direction of ‘fast-rising’ (The Guardian) star of British theatre, Tinuke Craig, to produce an intimate family drama with a devastating emotional core.

Zwakele Tshabalala plays the Son alongside former ENO Harewood Artist, Nadine Benjamin (Mother), and Michael Sumuel (Father), who marks his ENO debut. Former ENO Mackerras Fellow Matthew Kofi Waldren, conducts, with set and costumes by Alex Lowde.

Book your opera tickets for a ‘powerful’ (New York Times) story of a family torn asunder, in Jeanine Tesori’s Blue at the ENO’s London Coliseum.

'A gripping, enlightening, and moving experience'

Opera Wire


The New York Times

'Speaks directly to the heart'

Opera News

Running Time

There is one interval.

We have an Access Scheme for our audiences with a disability, a health condition, or different access needs to ensure everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable visit.
Tickets start at just £10 plus £3.25 booking fee per ticket. A maximum of £9.75 per transaction is charged for Multi-Buy Packages.
Sung in English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

Age guidance: 15+

For more information, please contact the London Coliseum on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

Discover Blue

Blue 2023 Creative Team

Tinuke Craig


Alex Lowde


Blue 2023 Cast