Met Season to Open with First-Ever Opera by Black Composer

It will be the first operatic performance in the house since the pandemic shutdown 18 months ago.

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This Sept. 17, 2021 image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows, from left, Latonia Moore as Billie, Walter Russell III as Char'es-Baby and Will Liverman as Charles during a rehearsal for Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones," opening the Metropolitan Opera season on Sept. 27. (Ken Howard/Met Opera via AP)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Blow recalls being in the audience at the premiere of the opera based on his memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” and watching the scene that depicts his sexual abuse as a child by an older cousin. “To be honest,” he said, “it was more uncomfortable watching everybody watching me. Because they were so unnerved by it they worried about my reaction.” They needn’t have been concerned, Blow said…

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