Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” heads to the Metropolitan Opera

Posted on: September 20, 2019

“In its 136-year history, the Metropolitan Opera has never staged an opera by a black composer,” writes Michael Cooper in Thursday’s (9/19) New York Times. “That will finally change: The company said on Thursday that it would present ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones,’ by the composer and jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, in a coming season…. Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager … said that he had been in talks for months with Opera Theater of St. Louis, which gave the premiere of ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ in June, about bringing its production to New York. The director in St. Louis was James Robinson, who also staged the Met’s new ‘Porgy and Bess.’ ‘I wish my father was alive,’ Mr. Blanchard said… ‘He was an avid opera fanatic.’ ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ is based on a memoir by Charles Blow … with a libretto by … Kasi Lemmons…. Mr. Gelb said that it could come to New York as soon as the 2021-22 season… Mr. Gelb and [Met Music director Yannick] Nézet-Séguin have been working to bring more contemporary—and diverse—voices to the Met…. ‘Hopefully,’ Mr. Gelb said, ‘there will be many more African-American composers whose work we feature.’ ”

Posted September 20, 2019