The Met News:
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Oscar-nominated and five-time Grammy-winning composer and jazz musician Terence Blanchard recently 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 (The Met).
Following its critically acclaimed Met premiere, Blanchard’s adaptation of New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow’s memoir will be shown live in cinemas across the globe AT 12:55 P.M. (EST) Saturday, Oct. 23, as part of The Met: Live in HD series.
Featuring 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. Emmy, Grammy, and six-time Tony Award–winner Audra McDonald hosts the live cinema transmission.
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