ROCKLAND — Following sold out shows last fall, the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., presents two encore screenings of Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up In My Bones,” the first opera by a Black composer presented on the Metropolitan Opera stage, on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 22, 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.

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

This 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 to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask for the duration of their stay. Please refer to the Strand Theatre website or call (207) 594-0070 for more information.

The run time is 3 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission. Content advisory: “Fire Shut Up In My Bones” addresses adult themes and contains some adult language. Tickets are $23/Adults; $15/Strand Members; $5/Students 18 and under, 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.