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Fire Shut Up in My Bones

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Opening Night of the Met’s 2021–22 season was a doubly historic event. Not only was it the return of live opera following an extended closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it also marked the first performance of a work by a Black composer to be presented by the Met. An adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s harrowing memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones is the second opera from six-time Grammy Award–winner Terence Blanchard and follows the young Charles as he navigates adolescence and struggles to overcome a life of trauma. In this performance, recorded as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts an electrifying production co-directed by James Robinson and Camille A. Brown, who also created the staging’s vivid choreography. Baritone Will Liverman gives a breakout performance as Charles, starring alongside soprano Latonia Moore as his mother, Billie; soprano Angel Blue, who portrays the forces of Destiny and Loneliness, as well as Charles’s college sweetheart, Greta; and rising young star Walter Russell III as Charles’s childhood self, Char’es-Baby. Content Advisory: Fire Shut Up in My Bones addresses adult themes and contains adult language.

Performance Info

Performance Date

Oct 23, 2021


Terence Blanchard


Based on the Book by Charles M. Blow, Libretto by Kasi Lemmons

Run Time

2 HRS 52 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet