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Opera House to show historic opera

A scene from Fire Shut Up In My Bones is pictured. The opera will be transmitted to the 1891 Fredonia Opera House today.

Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s series of live, high definition opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center at 1 p.m. today with the transmission of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

It marks the first time in its 140-year history that the Met has presented an opera by a black composer.

In accordance with CDC and state guidelines, all patrons to wear masks before, during and after Opera House events.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and composer Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir. The opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. It takes place in and around the small and poor town of Gibsland, in northwestern Louisiana, as well as at Blow’s alma mater, Grambling State University. Sung in English with English subtitles, the production runs three hours, 15 minutes with one intermission.

Individual tickets to each of the operas in the season are $20, ($18 Opera House members, $10 students. A flexible subscription of eight tickets is available for $142. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House box office or by phone at 716-679-1891 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

The Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

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