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Anna Netrebko, Sonya Yoncheva, Erin Morley & Terence Blanchard Headline Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-22 Season


In collaboration with Dejan Vukosavljevic On the heels of its 2020-21 season cancelation, the Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2021-22 season. The company will present six new productions including three company premieres. Here is a look at the new season. New Productions  The season opens with “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” by Terence Blanchard. The opera will be conducted by {…}

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Opera Profile: ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones,’ Terence Blanchard’s Historic ‘Opera in Jazz’


(Credit: Eric Woolsey) On June 15, 2019, Terence Blanchard’s opera “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” premiered in full at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Described by the composer as “opera in jazz,” the work will be the first opera by a Black composer ever staged at the Metropolitan Opera. The libretto by Kasi Lemmons is based on the memoir {…}


Terrence Blanchard to Receive Highest Honor at Peabody Institute


The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University has announced that seven-time GRAMMY winner Terence Blanchard will receive the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music and Dance in America. He will receive the award on May 24, 2023 and will speak at the Peabody Conservatory’s graduation ceremony. The George Peabody Medal is the Institute’s highest honor, recognizing artists and {…}


Lawrence Brownlee To Appear on Speaking Soundly 


(Photo credit: (c) Shervin Lainez) Grammy-nominated American tenor Lawrence Brownlee is to appear on the Speaking Soundly podcast, hosted by Met Opera Principal Trumpet David Krauss. The episode description reads, “The pickleball fanatic discusses his Metropolitan Opera auditions, why the high C’s aren’t the only notes that matter, and what it was like to be cast as Tamino in The {…}

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Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 Review: Fire Shut Up in My Bones


Perhaps it was the eclipse, an event typically devoid of human influence, yet on the evening of April 8, 2024, it seemed to cast an otherworldly aura over Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons’ production of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” The production premiered at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2019 before moving to the Met to sold-out audiences {…}


‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Returns to the Metropolitan Opera


(Credit: Marty Sohl/Met Opera) The Metropolitan Opera will revive Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” on April 8. The production, which is set to be performed seven times through May 2, will star Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green in his role debut as Charles, soprano Latonia Moore reprising the role of Charles’s mother, Billie and soprano Brittany Renee as Destiny {…}

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Lyric Opera of Chicago 2023-24 Review: Aida


Though the most iconic grand opera in the art form’s canon, Verdi’s “Aïda” shouldn’t challenge a house of Lyric’s caliber too strenuously. The work requires four good-to-great singers, but we expect a top-five American opera house to arrange them. Though “Aïda” lends itself to maximalist stagings, smaller companies pare it down successfully by foregoing equestrian participants, or downshifting parades to {…}


Strathmore & Washington Performing Arts Present ‘Fire Shut Up In My Bones’ Opera Suite in Concert


(Photo credit: Bucklesweet) Two-time Oscar nominee and six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up In My Bones” Opera Suite in Concert will be presented by Strathmore and Washington Performing Arts. Blanchard and his E-Collective have teamed up with David Balakrishnan and the double GRAMMY®-winning Turtle Island Quartet, visual artist Andrew F. Scott, and guest vocalists soprano {…}