Blue Viola

Midtown Opera Festival:

Blue Viola

Peter hilliard, composer
Matt Boresi, librettist


"Mingling classical with blues and jazz, the music was robust and evocative, with homor and charm..." —D.C. Theatre Guide



Friday, April 7, 2017  |  7:30 pm
Saturday, April 8, 2017  |  3:00 pm


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About the opera

LANGUAGE: English with English surtitles
WARNING: This opera features strobe lights which mimic police lights. Be advised if you have a medical condition or sensitivity to flashing lights. 

Blue Viola follows the journey of a priceless viola from its original owner to a junk dealer, who sees it as a lost treasure in need of rescue. But his girlfriend, Arnita, has other plans. Infused with the sounds and styles of the blues, this opera is a perfect match for our Memphis audience, and our performance is it's southern premiere!

Opera Prelude Talks
  • The April 7th performance will be preceded by an Opera Prelude Talk & Dinner. Dinner will begin at 6:00, and the Opera Prelude Talk will begin at 6:45. Dinner tickets may be purchased here. Dinner tickets are NOT required for those wishing to attend only the Talk.
  • The April 8th performance will be preceded by an Opera Prelude Talk only, beginning at 2:15.