Fire Shut Up in My Bones

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Event Dates

Oct 16, 2021

Oct 23, 2021



The Metropolitan Opera

The 2021–22 season opens with 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.

Content Advisory: Fire Shut Up in My Bones addresses adult themes and contains some adult language.

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 St. Louis.

Production a gift of The Ford Foundation and the Francis Goelet Trusts

Additional funding from The Joan Ganz Cooney and Holly Peterson Fund