October 6, 2021

MSM Trustee Terence Blanchard (HonDMA ’19) makes Metropolitan Opera history with Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Grammy-Award winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard made history in September 2021 when his production Fire Shut Up in My Bones launched the 2021-2022 season for the MET Opera.

Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s memoir is the first opera by a Black composer performed at the world-famous opera house. The opening night was also the first live performance with an audience at the Metropolitan Opera since it closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the production, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.”

Performances at the Met Opera run through October 23, 2021.

Terence Blanchard on opening night of Fire Shut Up in My Bones at the Met Opera in NYC