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Champion (Met23)

Met Opera

Terence Blanchard | 2023 | 200 MINS
USA | Subtitles

Six-time Grammy Award–winning composer Terence Blanchard brings his first opera to the Met after his ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ triumphantly premiered with the company to universal acclaim in 2021–22.

In Detail

Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is the young boxer Emile Griffith, who rises from obscurity to become a world champion, and bass-baritone Eric Owens portrays Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Soprano Latonia Moore is Emelda Griffith, the boxer’s estranged mother, and mezzo- soprano Stephanie Blythe is the bar owner Kathy Hagan.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium for Blanchard’s second Met premiere, also reuniting the director-and-choreographer team of James Robinson and Camille A. Brown.

Terence Blanchard is a celebrated composer whose many works express his roots in jazz but defy further categorization. A prolific creator in a wide variety of forms and genres, he is especially celebrated for his close collaboration with director Spike Lee and his accomplishments as an award-winning composer of more than 60 film scores.

Sung in English with subtitles.
200m approx including 2 intervals

Sun 7 May 14:30 Delayed Live)

Tickets £20
Friends/Students £17.50