Fire Shut Up in My Bones tackles ideas of sexual identity and masculinity as centred around a defining moment in Charles’s life. At the age of seven, Charles was molested by an older cousin. The opera begins with its protagonist intending to kill his cousin in an act of revenge. Throughout the opera, Charles is visited by female spirits. The work is a reflection of his upbringing in Louisiana as well as the relationships with his family members. Later, Charles attends college, where he frequents campus parties and joins a fraternity. Charles meets Greta, a classmate he falls in love with. After cultivating a relationship, Charles confides in her. At the conclusion of the opera, the scene of the molestation is revisited in a dance sequence. Will Charles go through with the plan to murder his cousin?
Content Advisory: Fire Shut Up in My Bones addresses adult themes and contains some adult language. This production also uses gunshot effects.
An NCPA – The Metropolitan Opera (New York) Presentation
Sung in English with English Subtitles
Music: Terence Blanchard
Libretto: Kasi Lemmons
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Production: James Robinson & Camille A. Brown
Cast: Angel Blue, Latonia Moore, Will Liverman & Walter Russell III
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