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The first opera by a Black composer presented at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” is based on New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow’s memoir of his traumatic youth in Louisiana and his meteoric rise as one of today’s most recognized columnists. On Thursday, Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Blow and Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and composer, Terence Blanchard, join Jonathan Capehart for a conversation about making history and the watershed moment for American opera.

Jonathan Capehart

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart has been a member of The Washington Post editorial board since 2007. He writes about politics and social issues, hosts the podcast “Capehart” (formerly named “Cape Up”) and anchors the weekly Washington Post Live show “First Look,” which is also streamed on “The Choice MSNBC” on Comcast’s Peacock streaming service. Capehart is also an MSNBC contributor and the anchor of “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart.” His MSNBC special “A Promised Land: A Conversation with Barack Obama” was nominated in 2021 for an Emmy for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis. At PBS, Capehart serves as a commentator on “The PBS NewsHour” and is featured on the popular Friday segment “Brooks and Capehart.” Capehart is a regular moderator of panels at the Aspen Ideas Festival and for the Aspen Institute, the Center for American Progress and at the Atlantic Dialogues conference and the Brussels Forum of the German Marshall Fund. He has also moderated sessions at the Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum and for the Connecticut Forum. Capehart was deputy editorial page editor of the New York Daily News from 2002 to 2004, and served on that paper’s editorial board from 1993 to 2000. In 1999, his 16-month editorial campaign to save the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem earned him and the board the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. Capehart left the Daily News in July 2000 to become the national affairs columnist at Bloomberg News, and took a leave from this position in February 2001 to serve as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his first successful campaign for New York City mayor.

Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard stands tall as one of jazz’s most-esteemed trumpeters. A twice Oscar-nominated film score writer/arranger, he’s also championed as a two-time opera composer whose “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” opened New York’s Metropolitan Opera 2021-2022 season - the first African American to have an opera at the Met. In addition, Blanchard teaches as the Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Charles M. Blow

Charles M. Blow is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times, the host of “Prime with Charles Blow” on the Black News Channel, a lecturer, and the author of two books: “Fire Shut up in My Bones,” which was developed into an opera, and “The Devil You Know.”