A Historic Return to Live Opera at the Metropolitan Opera in New York


A Historic Return to Live Opera at the Met 

After a lengthy hiatus in the pandemic, one of the world's leading opera companies finds its voice again on September 27, with the premiere of Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the first work by a Black composer to be presented at the Met in its 138-year history.

Based on the memoir of the same name by New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, the opera unspools a poignant and profound story of a young man in rural Louisiana who weathers poverty and sexual abuse, only to find himself at the crossroads of revenge and self-acceptance later in life. A Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated jazz trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard describes Fire Shut Up in My Bones as an "opera in jazz." 
Closed for a year and a half in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Metropolitan Opera reopens its doors for an extraordinary 2021-22 season. Located in the historic Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the Met has distinguished itself as a premier opera company for more than a century with exquisite performances by many of the world's most renowned artists.

While audiences are returning (safely) in person to the opera house this season, opera lovers can also enjoy a presentation of the opening-night performance on multiple screens in Times Square. In addition, the Met will present a free live simulcast of Fire Shut Up in My Bones in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park, preceded by an in-person discussion featuring Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons.  

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