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Met preview: Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones"

Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones"
The Metropolitan Opera
Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones"

This Saturday's matinee broadcast from The Metropolitan Opera features Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones." Blanchard’s stirring drama returns following its landmark company premiere in 2021, with bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green starring as Charles, a young man faced with a fateful decision. Soprano Latonia Moore reprises her heartbreaking portrayal as Charles’s mother, Billie, with rising soprano Brittany Renee doing triple duty as Charles’s love interest, Greta, as well as the embodiments of Loneliness and Destiny. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown’s gripping production includes what is surely the only step dance in opera. Evan Rogister conducts Blanchard’s score, which powerfully melds opera and jazz.

Joshua Borths gives us a preview and you can hear his segments on my "Afternoon Classical" show each Friday afternoon just before 5pm. Tune in to hear "Fire Shut Up in My Bones" Saturday afternoon, April 27th at 1pm on VPM Music, 93.1 and 107.3 in central Virginia and streaming online here at!

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Host, VPM Music

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