The Met: Live in HD supported financially by the Foundation of the Arts and Music in Asia, a Hong Kong-registered charity.
8 May 2022 (SUN) 3:30pm, Premiere Elements
2022年 5月8日 (星期日) 下午3時30分，Premiere Elements
24 September 2022 (SAT) 3:30pm, Emperor Cinemas (Entertainment Building)
2022年 9月24日 (星期六) 下午3時30分，英皇戲院 (中環娛樂行)
15 October 2022 (SAT) 2:30pm, Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre
2022年 10月15日 (星期六) 下午2時30分，戲曲中心演講廳
Co-presenter: Ｗest Kowloon Cultural District
This screening includes a pre-screening online talk, with special guest Baritone Will Liverman.
Expected running Time: 3Hrs 30Mins (Including one intermission)
Sung in English with English Subtitles
CONDUCTOR Yannick Nézet-Séguin
CO-DIRECTORS James Robinson and Camille A. Brown
SET DESIGNER Allen Moyer
COSTUME DESIGNER Paul Tazewell
LIGHTING DESIGNER Christopher Akerlind
PROJECTION DESIGNER Greg Emetaz
CHOREOGRAPHER Camille A. Brown
A Co-Production Of The Metropolitan Opera, La Opera, And Lyric Opera Of Chicago
Commissioned By The Metropolitan Opera. Originally Commissioned By Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis, Co-Commissioned By Jazz St. Louis.
Production A Gift Of The Ford Foundation And The Francis Goelet Trusts
Additional Funding From The Joan Ganz Cooney And Holly Peterson Fund
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Charles Blow, age 20, drives down a Louisiana backroad with a gun in the passenger seat. Destiny sings to him, calling him back to his childhood home. He begins reliving memories from his childhood.
Charles’ seven-year-old self, Char’es-Baby, talks to his mother, Billie. He is desperate for affection, but Billie is too frazzled to give him the validation that he craves. They are dirt poor. Billie works in a chicken factory, but she dreams of Char’es-Baby getting a good education and escaping their town. Her husband, Spinner, is a womanizing spendthrift. When she hears that he’s flirting with other women, she confronts him at gunpoint. She doesn’t shoot, but Billie tosses Spinner out. Billie and her five sons move in with Uncle Paul. Char’es-Baby dreams of a different life, collecting “treasure” from the junkyard while Loneliness sings to him. One day, his cousin Chester comes to visit. When Chester sexually abuses him, he is too horrified and ashamed to say anything.
Adult Charles begins to weep as he recoils from these memories, while Destiny reminds him that there is no escape.
As Charles grows into a teenager, he is full of confusion and rage. He attends a church service where the pastor is baptizing people, promising that God can wipe all sins clean. Charles decides to get baptized, but phantom terrors still haunt him. Charles tries to talk to his brothers, but they refuse to engage in any “soft talk.” Loneliness reappears, promising to be his lifelong companion. Evelyn, a beautiful young girl, interrupts Charles’s reverie. Their chemistry is clear. Charles feels a new sense of independence and is finally ready to strike out on his own; Grambling State University has offered him a full scholarship. Billie is left alone to reflect on all that she has sacrificed for her family and wonders what might lie ahead.
Charles is one of several fraternity pledges being hazed at his college. Charles stoically takes each indignity in stride: Pain is nothing new for him. Later, he goes to a nightclub and meets an attractive young woman, Greta. They begin a passionate love affair. Charles eventually shares his awful secret with Greta, only to find out that she’s still seeing someone else. Charles is left alone again. He calls home, desperate to hear his mother’s voice. To his shock, Billie tells him that Chester has come back to visit. Charles instantly decides to return home to confront Chester, gun in hand.
Charles sits in his car on the dark road, contemplating the choice lying before him. Destiny starts to sing to him once again, seductively promising to stand by him through to the bloody end. As Charles reaches his childhood home, Char’es-Baby appears, urging him to leave his bitterness behind. Charles must decide whether to exact his revenge or begin his life anew.