A young Black man rages by the side of the road, aims a pistol, and bellows a gangster line: “Prepare to die, motherfucker.” Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which relaunched the Metropolitan Opera on Monday, opens in a blaze of fury, the orchestra seething with such force that it threatens to overpower the story before it even begins. Read More.
Again and again in Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the magnetically powerful new opera by Terence Blanchard, the focus returns to the torturous weight of a burden carried alone. Read More.
Fire Shut Up in My Bones is in the running for best American opera of the 21st century. Read More.
There’s a line in the middle of Act I of composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmon’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” that sat in my head like a caption throughout the show’s premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night. Read More.
When the Metropolitan Opera reopens Monday after an 18-month closure caused by the pandemic, it will do so with Fire Shut Up In My Bones, the first opera in the Met’s 138-year history written by a Black composer. Read More.
With “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard is the first Black composer to have an opera performed at the Metropolitan Opera in its 138-year history. “I may be the first, but I know I’m not the first that’s qualified,” he tells NBC News’ Anne Thompson. Watch.
History is being made tonight at New York’s Metropolitan Opera: For the first time in 138 years, the eminent company will present an opera by a Black composer. Read More.
‘It feels otherworldly’. Read More.
Composer Terence Blanchard discusses his new opera, alongside author Charles M. Blow, librettist Kasi Lemmons, production co-directors James Robinson and Camille A. Brown, Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and baritone Will Liverman. Read More.
The multi-Grammy award-winning performer and creator says, “This is the highest form of musical theater that I’ve ever experienced.” Read More.