Metropolitan Opera To Present ‘Fire Shut Up In My Bones’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Opera Theatre of St. Louis)

“Fire Shut Up in My Bones” is set to be performed at the Metropolitan Opera.

The New York Times revealed that the Terrence Blanchard opera, which had its world premiere at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis this past summer, could make its premiere during the 2020-21 season. It will be the first opera by a Black composer to be staged at the company.

While Gelb didn’t give any specifics, he noted that the production from St. Louis by James Robinson would likely arrive in New York and that Music Director  Yannick Nézet-Séguin would conduct the work.

The news comes a year after Gelb and Nézet-Séguin revealed that they would bring newly commissioned works by Missy Mazzoli and Jeanine Tesori. The company is also set to bring Matthew Aucoin’s “Eurydice” and Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking,” and Brett Dean’s “Hamlet.”