ROCKLAND — The 2021-2022 season of Metropolitan Opera Live in HD simulcasts from New York City’s Lincoln Center continues at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Saturday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. with a broadcast of Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up In My Bones,” the first opera by a Black composer presented on the Met stage. An encore presentation will take place Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir. 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. 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. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

The Strand Theatre’s COVID-19 safety protocols include setting the auditorium capacity at 30%, or 100 seats per show; providing reserved seating with a buffer of empty seats around each group; and requiring all patrons and staff to wear masks for the duration of their stay. These protocols may be revised as local conditions change. Please refer to the Strand Theatre website or call (207) 594-0070 for more information.

The estimated run time is 3 hrs. 15 mins., including one intermission. Content advisory: “Fire Shut Up In My Bones” addresses adult themes and contains some adult language. Tickets: $27/adults; $25/Strand members; $15/students 18 and younger, and college students with ID. Encore tickets: $23/adults; $15/Strand members; $5/students 18 and younger, and college students with ID. All tickets are for reserved seats, and are available at; by calling (207) 594-0070; or at the box office when the theater is open for shows, and one hour before each opera show time.

Will Liverman as Charles in Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” Photo by Ken Howard / Met Opera