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 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

Languages

Languages sung in Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Sung In

English

Titles

Title languages displayed for Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Estimated Run Time

2 hrs 40 mins

  • House Opens

  • Act I

    65 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Acts II and III

    65 mins

  • Opera Ends

Creators

PRODUCTION

James Robinson and Camille A. Brown

Set 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