Fire Shut Up in My Bones

March 24. 2022 - April 08. 2022

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March 24. 2022 - April 08. 2022

New Coproduction Fire Shut Up in My Bones


New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow’s widely acclaimed memoir is the source for this extremely moving story of his traumatic youth in Louisiana. What an amazing collection of talent — composer Terence Blanchard, one of the most influential figures in American jazz; librettist Kasi Lemmons, director of such remarkable films as Harriet and Eve’s Bayou; and a topflight cast including many of America’s most brilliant singing actors. Fire Shut Up in My Bones is an opera for today, revealing the Black experience in this country as few other operas have done.

  • Language: Performed in English with projected English texts
  • Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House
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* Lyric debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumnus

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Lyric’s new co-production of Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones is generously made possible by

Anonymous Donor

Zell Family Foundation

Gael Neeson

Lauter McDougal Charitable Fund

Ethel & William Gofen

Additional support is provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production Circle.


Based on the book by Charles M. Blow.

A co-production of Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, and LA Opera.

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera.

Originally commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, co-commissioned by Jazz Saint Louis.

Main photo: Kyle Flubacker
Production images: Eric Woolsey/Opera Theatre of St. Louis