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FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES

The Met’s first opera by a black composer offers moments of lyricism in a painful coming-of-age story.

 

Oscar-nominated and five-time Grammy-winning composer and jazz musician Terence Blanchard made history when his FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES became the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Metropolitan Opera. Blanchard’s adaptation of New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow’s memoir features a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, which marks her first foray into opera. The work tells a profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a childhood of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown co-direct the opera, and Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, is the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a stellar cast starring baritone Will Liverman, sopranos Angel Blue and Latonia Moore, and 13-year-old Walter Russell III, who made his Met debut in this production.

 

 “A watershed moment for American opera … A defiant, tender, and vital work of art … A starting point for something new, a refresh of where opera can take us.” (The Washington Post)

 

“Will Liverman gives a breakthrough performance … Angel Blue brings her luminous soprano voice and unforced charisma.” (The New York Times)

 

Composer
Terence Blanchard, Kasi Lemmons
Orchestra
The Metropolitan Opera
Choir
The Metropolitan Opera
Conductor
Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Singers
Angel Blue, Latonia Moore, Will Liverman, Walter Russell III
Production
James Robinson, Camille A. Brown
Recording Location
USA
Year
2021
Language
English
Duration
03:10:00
Picture Format
HD
Sound
5.1 Surround Sound
Format
Opera