Today, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents the world première of Fire Shut up in my Bones, an opera composed by Terence Blanchard with a libretto by Kasi Lemmons, based on the memoir by Charles Blow.
It is Blanchard's second opera after Champion (Saint Louis, June 15, 2013).
One moment can change everything. When Charles discovers that his cousin has returned to his Louisiana hometown, he races home from college to confront his past. Memories and shadows surround Charles as he strives to move beyond a cycle of violence and forge a brave new path. (reproduced from the OTSL website)The cast includes soprano Julia Bullock (Destiny / Loneliness / Greta), soprano Karen Slack (Billie), bass baritone Davone Tines (Charles Blow) and tenor Chaz'men Williams-Ali. William Long conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. James Robinson directs.
The performance should last about 2 hours and 25 minutes, with one intermission.