History-Making Opera To Be Screened At BUEI

January 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

The critically acclaimed opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones will be screened at BUEI on Sunday, February 5.

A spokesperson said, “Opera fans and music lovers of all genres will have the chance to see the critically acclaimed opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones on screen at the BUEI on East Broadway during Black History Month.

“Fire Shut Up In My Bones made history in 2021 when it became the first opera by a Black composer to be presented at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

“It was composed by Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard and written by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons.

“The opera, which performed to sell-out audiences in New York, will be screened at the BUEI on Sunday, February 5.

“As an incentive, organisers are offering free tickets to eight young people aged 16-25.

“Based on a memoir by New York Times columnist Charles Blow, it’s the story of his tough childhood in Louisiana and his success in overcoming the trauma of his early years. Its title is taken from the Bible.

“It is part of the Met: Live In HD & Encore series screened monthly at the BUEI and presented by the Bermuda Opera Team. Fire Shut up in My Bones is an opera with a difference. It has an all-black cast, chorus and dance troupe and it is a contemporary work.”

Anne Smith, a member of the Bermuda Opera Team, said organisers want to encourage as many people as possible to attend the screening.

She said: “It is a wonderful production.  The music has elements of jazz, but also much undulating, lyrical, orchestral sections—and the singing and acting of all those who take part is exemplary.  It is powerful and moving, visually, and really captures your attention.  I was really gripped by the action and performances.”

A spokesperson added, “Praise by critics has been unanimous. The work has been called “bold and affecting”, “subtly powerful” and “a masterpiece”.

“Show time is 5pm. Tickets are $40 and $35 for under-25s. There will be a cash bar before the performance and during intermission, when hors d’oeuvres will be served. Call Anne Smith on 296-0820 to purchase tickets and for info about the free-ticket offer. See www.metopera.org for more general information about this opera and the rest of season.”

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