“On Monday, at least, the audience seemed robust and, as it was during the initial run, notably diverse. And “Fire” remains a heartfelt piece … Played with precise vitality under Evan Rogister, the principal conductor of Washington National Opera…”

The New York Times

“The true test of any new work, though, is in its longevity — how does it fare when revived with a different cast, and without the big promotional push of the premiere?

Luckily, Fire seems to hold its own in its latest revival. Blanchard’s score deftly integrates jazz and gospel into an operatic framework, alternating lyrical, soaring arias with recitatives sung over a 12-bar blues. More than anything, it’s Blanchard’s skill as a film composer that shines through, with an unerring eye for dramatic propulsion and tense, shifting orchestral interludes. Conductor Evan Rogister brought clarity and fluidity to Blanchard’s heavy orchestration.”

Financial Times

“Under the baton of Evan Rogister, the Met Orchestra played their finest, tackling the challenges of Blanchard’s classically inspired jazz-infused score with remarkable skill and dedication. Rogister’s triumphant demeanor after the performance spoke volumes, a testament to the orchestra’s unwavering commitment and impeccable execution.”


“Rogister, a specialist in tricky “modern” (complex 20thcentury) scores, seamlessly synthesized the jazz, blues and modern classical elements of Blanchard’s idiom.”


“Blanchard’s jazzy, richly lyric score anchors the evening through the Met Orchestra under Evan Rogister, while giving the singers ample opportunities to shine.”

Broadway World

“Conductor Evan Rogister is in demand internationally and was in town from Washington DC where he is principal conductor of Washington National Opera. He delivered colour and vigour to Blanchard’s score and wove the jazz passages into the sound perfectly.”