Four-time Grammy-winner Terence Blanchard will soon be able to add a second opera to his long list of compositional credits. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Jazz St. Louis recently announced that they have co-commissioned Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons to write Fire Shut Up in My Bones, an opera based on outspoken New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow’s 2014 memoir of the same name. The piece’s world premiere will be in St. Louis on June 15, 2019; six performances are currently scheduled.
Although Blanchard and Lemmons haven’t collaborated on an opera before, they’re used to working together. Blanchard composed the scores for three movies directed by Lemmons, including 2007’s critically acclaimed Talk to Me.