Terence Blanchard

Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Огонь в душе моей

Opening Night of the 2021–22 season marks the first time an opera by an African American composer will appear on the Met stage. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s acclaimed adaptation of the celebrated memoir by New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow. Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells the story of 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 recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging.

Baritone Will Liverman stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore
as Billie. The opera (in this expanded version) is commissioned by the Met with the OperaTheater of Saint Louis, co-commissioned by Jazz St. Louis.

The production is a gift of The Ford Foundation.




3 hours 19 minutes with one intermission

Act 1

81 min


27 min

Act 2

91 min




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