Professor Kasi Lemmons' New Opera, "Fire Shut Up In My Bones," Announced

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018

Fire Shut Up In My Bones

Professor Kasi Lemmons and Composer Terence Blanchard Courtesy of Charles Blow's Instagram Page

The Opera Theatre of St. Louis announced yesterday that it has commissioned Professor Kasi Lemmons to be the librettist for a new opera, Fire Shut Up In My Bones. Lemmons will be working with composer Terence Blanchard on the material, which is based on the memoir of writer and New York Times columnist, Charles Blow. 

Charles Blow commented, “I'm absolutely thrilled that one of my favorite musicians and one of my favorite filmmakers are joining forces with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to bring this story to the stage.”

Fire Shut Up in My Bones will open on June 15, 2019 at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and run for six performances. The acclaimed cast will include soprano Julia Bullock and bass-baritone Davóne Tines. James Robinson will direct with William Long conducting.

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