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Thursday September 19, 2019

From The New York Times

The Met Will Stage Its First Opera by a Black Composer
By: MICHAEL COOPER

“In its 136-year history, the Metropolitan Opera has never staged an opera by a black composer. But that will finally change: The company said on Thursday that it would present ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones,’ by the composer and jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, in a coming season.
‘He’s a brilliant composer,’ Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, said in a telephone interview.
Mr. Gelb made the announcement as the Met prepares to open its season on Monday with a new production of the Gershwins’ ‘Porgy and Bess.’ The ‘Porgy’ staging has brought renewed attention to the fact that the most-performed opera about the African-American experience was written by an all-white creative team, and has also served as a reminder of the historical dearth of opportunities for opera composers of color.”

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