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Biography
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Tazewell Thompson is an internationally acclaimed opera and theater director and award-winning playwright, teacher, lecturer, and actor. He received the 2020 MCANA Award as librettist, with composer Jeanine Tesori, for Best New Opera in North America for Blue, named Best in Classical Music in 2019 by both The New York Times and The Washington Post. After its premiere at Glimmerglass and performances at the Detroit, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Toledo, and Dutch National operas, Blue is scheduled to be presented at Washington National Opera, English National Opera, and New Orleans Opera. Thompson’s more than 150 directing credits include world and / or American premieres throughout the United States, France, Spain, Italy, Africa, Japan, Canada, and The Netherlands. He received an Emmy nomination for the Live From Lincoln Center production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and directed three operas in the same season in three different theaters at the Kennedy Center: Philip Glass’s Appomattox, Weill’s Lost in the Stars, and the American premiere staging of Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica. Aaron Copland chose Thompson to rewrite the libretto and stage the world premiere of his opera The Second Hurricane for Copland’s 85th birthday celebration. Jubilee, Thompson’s 2019 a cappella work about The Fisk Jubilee Singers, played to five weeks of standing-room-only audiences at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and was recently produced at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. His award-winning play Constant Star, about Ida B. Wells, has had nationwide productions and received nine Barrymore, five NAACP, and three Carbonell awards. His play Mary T & Lizzy K received the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. His poem Ghostlight, about the closing of Broadway theaters during the pandemic, covered the entirety of The New York Times Opinion page.

Upcoming 2022-2023 Performances
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Thu
2
Mar
2023
The March to Liberation
Program To Include
  • Courtney Bryan & Tazewell Thompson, New Work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
  • Still, Symphony No. 2, Song of a New Race
  • Adolphus Hailstork, Done Made My Vow, A Ceremony
Artists
  • Leslie B. Dunner, Conductor
  • Tazewell Thompson, Director
  • Rasean Davonté Johnson, Video Artist
  • Ryan Speedo Green, Bass-Baritone
  • To Be Announced, Speaker
  • Janinah Burnett, Soprano
  • Rodrick Dixon, Tenor
  • To Be Announced, Boy Soprano
  • ...,
Sat
4
Mar
2023
The March to Liberation
Program To Include
  • Courtney Bryan & Tazewell Thompson, New Work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
  • Still, Symphony No. 2, Song of a New Race
  • Adolphus Hailstork, Done Made My Vow, A Ceremony
Artists
  • Leslie B. Dunner, Conductor
  • Tazewell Thompson, Director
  • Rasean Davonté Johnson, Video Artist
  • Ryan Speedo Green, Bass-Baritone
  • To Be Announced, Speaker
  • Janinah Burnett, Soprano
  • Rodrick Dixon, Tenor
  • To Be Announced, Boy Soprano
  • ...,
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