By SHEILA WICKOUSKI FOR THE FREE LANCE-STAR
The time has come for the Metropolitan Opera’s “The Met: Live in HD” cinema broadcasts to return to the big screen this fall.
Every night for over a year, while the opera stage was dark, the Metropolitan Opera aired a different production on its website. The free Nightly Met Opera Streams reached their grand finale in July, after 70 weeks, 112 different operas and more than 21.2 million views in 152 countries around the world. Some performances were classics, featuring stars like Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Renata Scotto and Beverly Sills. (Met Opera on Demand is available for those who wish to view various productions from the Met’s online collection of over 700 full recordings.)
But if you think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t seen what’s coming with the 2021-22 season yet!
The mix of new productions, as well as old classics, continues the tradition of opera expressing universal human experiences of love, tragedy and death through music and staging.
The opening night will be a historic occasion.
The Met Premiere of “The Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” based on Charles M. Blow’s memoir of a young black man’s journey through trauma and hardship, is the first opera by a black composer featured on the Met stage. The lyric adaptation is by Grammy-winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard, with a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown, two of the creators of the recent and sensational Met production of “Porgy and Bess”, are co-directing this new production. Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, becomes the first black director to create a Met production on the main stage.