Fire Shut Up In My Bones

TERENCE BLANCHARD / LIBRETTO BY KASI LEMMONS

Fire Shut Up in My Bones

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Overview

Opening Night of the 2021–22 season will be a historic occasion—the first time an opera by a Black composer appears on the Met stage. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.” Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.

An opera by Terence Blanchard

Based on the book by ‎Charles M. Blow

Libretto by Kasi Lemmons

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. Originally commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, co-commissioned by Jazz Saint Louis.

Production a gift of The Ford Foundation.

Creators

Co-Directors

James Robinson & Camille A. Brown

SCENIC DESIGNER

Allen Moyer

COSTUME DESIGNER

Paul Tazewell

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Christopher Akerlind

PROJECTION DESIGNER

Greg Emetaz

CHOREOGRAPHER

Camille A. Brown

Headshot of Terence Blanchard

Composer

Terence Blanchard

Fire Shut Up In My Bones