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Metropolitan Opera: Fire Shut Up in My Bones

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Metropolitan Opera
Walter Russell III as Char’es-Baby, Latonia Moore as Billie, and Will Liverman as Charles in Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones

The Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts continue with an opera that made history when it opened the 2021-22 season: Fire Shut Up in My Bones by acclaimed jazz musician Terence Blanchard, the first work by a Black composer presented by the company.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads this performance from last fall.

The libretto by Kasi Lemmons is based on the memoir by columnist Charles M. Blow, a story about coming of age in the rural South and triumphing over trauma and hardship.

Will Liverman, Angel Blue and Latonia Moore lead an ensemble cast in a richly melodic, uniquely American score that unites opera, jazz, gospel and dance.

Fire Shut Up in My Bones will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 8th. Listen to it on Classical IPR!

 

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