The Metropolitan Opera Announces Free Simulcast of the Opening Night Production of Terence Blanchard’s ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ at Marcus Garvey Park

By Afton Wooten

The Metropolitan Opera announced its free simulcast of the opening night and season- launching performance of Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” The simulcast will take place Monday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park.

There will be nearly 1,700 seats available at Marcus Garvey Park with approximately 2,000 seats also available in Times Square. Additional seating will be available in Duffy Square and the Broadway Plazas between 43rd and 44th Streets and 46th and 47th Streets in Times Square. All seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Marcus Garvey Park attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. Masks are recommended. Masks are also recommended at the other participating venues.

After the performance, composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons will give an in-person discussion at Marcus Garvey Park.

“Fire Shut Up in My Bones” is the first opera by a Black composer to be performed at the Met to date. General Manager Peter Gelb said, “We are very pleased to welcome audiences for the Met in Marcus Garvey Park for the very first time. ‘Our Opening Night’ will be historic for the Met both in the opera house and in Harlem.”