Celebrating Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, we are showcasing some of the exceptional African American artists who have thrilled audiences and made invaluable contributions to the Met’s legacy. Below, explore a digital exhibition chronicling the history of Black artists at the Met, enjoy free streams of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones and the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and relive memorable past performances from generations of legendary stars.
Black Voices at the Met
Our exhibition chronicling the extensive contributions made by African American artists at the Met and the decades-long struggle for racial equality at the nation's leading opera company—originally installed in the opera house in connection with the 2019 new production of Porgy and Bess—is now available in digital format.
Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones
A moving contemporary drama about one man’s struggle to overcome a childhood of misfortune and abuse, Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones made history in 2021 as the first opera by a Black composer to be presented at the Met. In this powerful performance, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium to conduct James Robinson and Camille A. Brown’s electrifying staging.
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
The Gershwins’ masterpiece retook the Met stage in 2019, returning the great American opera to the company’s repertory for the first time in 30 years. In this vivid Live in HD transmission, bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star as the title couple, with Maestro David Robertson leading an all-star ensemble cast.
Black Artists at the Met: Video Highlights
Enjoy a collection of video highlights featuring great performances by African American artists in classic Met telecasts and Live in HD cinema transmissions.