Will Liverman & Angel Blue Lead Metropolitan Opera’s Historic ‘Fire Shut up in my Bones’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Ken Howard / Met Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera is set to open its 2021-22 season with the company premiere of “Fire Shut up in my Bones.”

The production marks the first time the Met presents an opera written by a black composer; the work will be co-directed by James Robinson and Camille A. Brown.

The opera was first performed in 2019 at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and features music by Terence Blanchard and a libretto by Kasi Lemmons.

Angel Blue returns to the Met as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie, both opening the season for the second time. Will Liverman sings the lead role of Charles. Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Kazem Abdullah conduct the production.

“Fire Shut up in my Bones” on Sept. 27 and runs through Oct. 23 with the last production set to be broadcast live in movie theaters around the world.

The Met has noted that the work addresses adult themes and contains some adult language.