Fire Shut Up in My Bones

March 24. 2022 - April 08. 2022

Upcoming Dates

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.

Fire Shut Up in My Bones addresses adult themes and contains some adult language.

  • Language: Performed in English with projected English texts
  • Running Time: Approximately 3 hours, including one 30-minute intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Lyric Opera streams

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Pre-show video presentation

Join us one hour before the performance for a video presentation on the main stage featuring an interview with composer Terence Blanchard and star baritone Will Liverman. The video is also available to watch on-demand here.

Post-show programming

Join us after the show on March 27 when LaRob K. Rafael, WFMT on-air personality, leads a post-show discussion with members of the cast on the subject of Blackness in opera.

Meet the artists

* Lyric debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumnus
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Program book

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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

The Harris Family Foundation

Lauter McDougal Charitable Fund

H. Gael Neeson

Ethel & William Gofen

Susan & Robert Morrison

Additional support is provided by The Joyce Foundation, Allstate and Conagra Brands Foundation.


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