TERENCE BLANCHARD / LIBRETTO BY Michael Cristofer
Apr 10 at 8 PM
Apr 14 at 7:30 PM
Apr 18 at 7:30 PM
Apr 22 at 8 PM
Apr 25 at 7:30 PM
Apr 29 at 1 PM
May 4 at 7:30 PM
May 8 at 7:30 PM
May 13 at 8 PM
When Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones opened the Met’s 2021–22 season to universal acclaim, it marked a historic moment in the annals of the company. Now, the six-time Grammy Award–winning composer’s operatic retelling of the dramatic story of boxer Emile Griffith arrives in New York. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green stars as the closeted young hatmaker-turned-prizefighter, who rises from obscurity to become world champion and, in one of the great tragedies in sports history, kills his homophobic archrival in the ring. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a stellar cast that also features bass-baritone Eric Owens as Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Soprano Latonia Moore is Emelda Griffith, the boxer’s estranged mother, alongside mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as bar owner Kathy Hagen. Director James Robinson—whose productions of Fire and Porgy and Bess brought down the house—oversees the staging, and Camille A. Brown, whose choreography electrified audiences in Fire and Porgy, also returns.
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Content Advisory: Champion contains adult themes, sexually explicit language, and physical violence.
An opera by Terence Blanchard
Libretto by Michael Cristofer
Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. Originally commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, co-commissioned by Jazz St. Louis.
A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago
Production a gift of C. Graham Berwind, III and Lynne and Richard Pasculano
Additional funding from the Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Francis Goelet Trusts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Ann Ziff
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Estimated Run Time
2 hrs 50 mins
Terence Blanchard (b. 1962) 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.
Montana Levi Blanco
Camille A. Brown