Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence
Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoire, which The New York Times
praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affectin” and
“subtly powerful.” Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant
and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship.
James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent
production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging; Brown, who is also the production’s
choreographer, becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production.
Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside
sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.
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