Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones

April 27, 2024, 12:00 pm

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A group of dancers in motion wear letterman bright red letterman cardigans in front of a red banner with the letter "G"
A scene from Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera)

Terence Blanchard’s stirring drama returns following its landmark company premiere in 2021, with bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green starring as Charles, a young man faced with a fateful decision. Soprano Latonia Moore reprises her heartbreaking portrayal as Charles’s mother, Billie, with rising soprano Brittany Renee doing triple duty as Charles’s love interest, Greta, as well as the embodiments of Loneliness and Destiny. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown’s gripping production includes what is surely the only step dance in opera. Evan Rogister conducts Blanchard’s score, which powerfully melds opera and jazz.

Performance from Spring 2024. Description via Met Opera.