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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 {…}

Opera Wiki

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 {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: James Robinson on His New Production of ‘Galileo Galilei’ & Philip Glass


Since 2008, James Robinson has served as the Artistic Director of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL). He has emphasized a great deal on bringing modern works to the company and has directed such operas as Terence Blanchard’s “Champion” and “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” John Adams’ “The Death of Klinghoffer,” Marc Blitzstein’s “Regina,” Jack Perla’s “Shalimar the {…}


Contemporary Operas Average 65 Percent of Audience Attendance During Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 Season


The Metropolitan Opera revealed its finances for 2023-24 season, including the fact that it had sold 72 percent of available tickets. The number was up from the previous season which only saw 66 percent of available tickets sold. While overall there was a positive rise in ticket sales, the company has not fully recovered from prepandemic numbers which saw 75 {…}


Joyce DiDonato & Barbara Hannigan Headline La Jolla Music Society’s 2024-25 Season


La Jolla Music Society has announced its 2024-25 season. Here is a rundown of the vocal performances on offer. Barbara Hannigan and Bertrand Chamayou perform works by Messaien, Sciarbin, and Zorn. Performance Date: Dec. 5, 2024 Joyce DiDonato and the Kings present “Kings ReJoyce!” for the holidays. Performance Date: Dec. 7, 2024 Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective and Turtle Island {…}


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 {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

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 {…}