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Met Opera Broadcast: Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones”

All Classical Portland’s Met Opera broadcasts return this week with a special presentation of six-time Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard‘s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Blanchard’s second opera, Fire Shut Up in My Bones is the first-ever production by a Black composer to be performed by the Metropolitan Opera.

Join us on the radio Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 10:00 AM PT at KQAC 89.9 FM in Portland or anywhere in the world via our live player.

Content Advisory: This opera addresses adult themes and contains adult language.


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Originally premiered at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2019, Blanchard’s profound work weaves together jazz and gospel idioms to tell the story of a young Black man growing up in a rural Louisiana town. The title comes from the Book of Jeremiah: “His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”

Lauded by the New York Times as “a fresh, affecting work,” the opera is an adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting. Libretto by Kasi Lemmons.

Learn more at metopera.org.


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Hear Fire Shut Up in My Bones on All Classical Portland on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 10:00 AM PT at KQAC 89.9 FM in Portland or anywhere in the world via our live player.

Content Advisory: This opera addresses adult themes and contains adult language.

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