Thirteen years before George Gershwin wrote his landmark opera Porgy and Bess, he wrote a one-act opera that fused Italian opera with a truly American style. The result was Blue Monday. This 30-minute jazz opera tells the story of a love triangle gone wrong against the backdrop of a 1920s Harlem jazz club. On Site Opera’s Blue Monday was conceived for site-specific performances at Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club in the summer of 2013. Each evening of the sold-out run, the doors opened an hour before the opera for cocktails and dancing accompanied by a live band.
The production was choreographed by Tony Award-winning choreographer, George Faison, and featured the Cotton Club All Stars band.
Blue Monday was a co-production with