Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Latonia Moore as Billie, Walter Russell III as Char’es-Baby, and Will Liverman as Charles in Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones." Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera
The opera that made history when it opened the 2021-22 season: Fire Shut Up in My Bones, by acclaimed jazz musician Terence Blanchard, is 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.