TERENCE BLANCHARD / LIBRETTO BY KASI LEMMONS
Fire Shut Up in My Bones
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Opening Night of the 2021–22 season will be a historic occasion—the Met's first performance of an opera by a Black composer. 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; Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. 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
A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago
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 and the Francis Goelet Trusts
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Estimated Run Time
2 hrs 40 mins
Acts II and III
James Robinson and Camille A. Brown
Camille A. Brown