The Pulse of Entertainment: Opera's Cheryl Warfield Performs
in the Terence Blanchard Opera Premiering March 24 - April 8, 2022 at the Lyric
By Dr. Eunice Moseley
(March 4, 2022) - "It's ground breaking...like Porgy & Bess was,"
said Soprano opera singer Cheryl Warfield about her role in the Terence Blanchard opera
based on the life of New York journalist Charles M. Blow titled "Fire Shut Up in My Bones," to
premiere at the Lyric Opera House of Chicago March 25 - April 8, 2022. "Being specifically about Black people like ‘Porgy
& Bess' which was by a New York Jewish composer."
Five-time Grammy winning and two-time Academy Award
nominee Terence Blanchard, a Jazz trumpeter, pianist/keyboardist and composer, stars in the opera along with Kasi Lemmons
(Director of Harriet and Eve's Bayou). The musical takes the audience on a journey through the life of Charles Blow, his life
as a youth in Louisiana dealing with a traumatic experience. Daniela Candillari is the conductor.
my first venture back to doing Union work since the pandemic," Cheryl said about her role in the ensemble. "It (the
opera) has so many difference elements of the Black experience. It presents Jazz, Classical....music. It's an honor to be
in an opera composed by a Black person. Black composers are starting to get recognized. We've had them for over 125 years."
The Terence Blanchard opera first premiered in St. Louis two years ago and a representative from both the Metropolitan
Opera House and the Lyric Opera House of Chicago was in attendance. They liked the Opera and decided to present it at the
Lyric Opera House in Chicago.
"The production has 70 people that are high level performers. They are all union
artists in this production," Warfield informed me. "It has a positive ending. The message is that once he is able
to come to terms (with what happened to him as a youth) and write about it, it's cathartic."
Up in My Bones" also stars Will Livermen (baritone) as Charles Blow; Latonia Moore (soprano); Jacqueline Echols (soprano);
Chauncey Packer (tenor), and Chris Kenney (baritone).
Cheryl Warfield's excitement about the opera is heard in
her voice, "It's a glorious operatic piece of work...a powerful story. I was not a part of the production at the Met,
though the Met and the Lyric Opera House of Chicago are co-producers of this opera. It will be live streamed at 42nd Street
so people can watch the opening night. They did that so Black people can see it for free. It will be also streamed live at
the Marcus Garvey Park. Opera has never been opened up to the Black community before."
She said though her
role is in the ensemble (chorus) performing in any of the major opera houses, such as the Metropolitan Opera House in New
York, the Lyric Opera House in Chicago, or the San Francisco Opera House, "you've reach the epitome of opera in the United
Terence Blanchard, who also has 14 Grammy nominations, has collaboration with Spike Lee in Blackkklansman
(2018) and Da 5 blood (2020) which put more spotlight on his skills, which he first showcased as a member of Lionel Hampton
Orchestra in 1982. He has composed over 40 film scores and performed as a musician on over 50 scores. He also served as artistic
director for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami. www.LyricOpera.org www.TerenceBlanchard.com www.MetOpera.org
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