classical music, opera, theatre

Terence Blanchard: Champion

The Met's new production

Auditorium
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • The MET: Live in HD at Müpa Budapest

Ticket prices


Add this event to your Google Calendar.

Just over a year and a half after the Met staged the première of his Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the first opera by an African-American composer to run there in the institution's history, another work by Terence Blanchard will already be making it to New York. Next up at the American opera house will be the six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer's first opera, dating from 2013, in a production conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who is committed to mounting contemporary works, directed by James Robinson, and starring both Ryan Speedo Green and Eric Owens as the legendary boxer Emile Griffith.

Griffith, who died in 2013 at the age of 75, was one of the most successful professional boxers of all time, winning the world championship title in both the welterweight and middleweight categories. The dramatic life story of an athlete who literally fought his way out from a childhood of hopeless poverty was literally made for the stage. This is true whether we think of the lethal KO punch that turned out to end the life of one of his rivals, the storms surrounding his private life and the bisexuality that he acknowledged in his old age, or his final, hopeless struggle against dementia. His story is told in Blanchard's opera, in which the aforementioned two great African-American singers will play the roles of Griffith, one as the young man who is fighting for the title belt, and the other as his older self attempting to look back on his life. Like Owens and Green, Latonia Moore, who portrays Griffith's estranged mother, was featured in the 2019 global broadcast of Porgy and Bess, a magnificent production that marks the last time James Robinson and choreographer Camille A. Brown worked together before joining forces again for this one.

The 'Metropolitan Opera Live in HD' transmissions have been made possible through the cooperation of our partner, liveincinema.eu s.r.o.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Emelda Griffith
    Latonia Moore
  • Kathy Hagan
    Stephanie Blythe
  • The Young Emile Griffith
    Ryan Speedo Green
  • Emile Griffith
    Eric Owens
  • The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
  • Libretto
    Michael Cristofer
  • Set design
    Allen Moyer
  • Costumes
    Paul Tazewell
  • Lighting
    Donald Holder
  • Projection
    Greg Emetaz
  • Choreographer
    Camille A. Brown
  • Director
    James Robinson

Ticket information

You may purchase tickets online and in person for this performance using a Müpa Budapest gift voucher or by debiting the leisure allowance on OTP, K&H or MKB SZÉP cards.
If you purchase the tickets in person, then we also accept Edenred Gift Vouchers, and Edenred gift cards (Benefit and Family cards) as well as the culture subaccount allowance on OTP Cafeteria cards.

Parking information

We wish to inform you that in the event that Müpa Budapest's underground garage and outdoor car park are operating at full capacity, it is advisable to plan for increased waiting times when you arrive. In order to avoid this, we recommend that you depart for our events in time, so that you you can find the ideal parking spot quickly and smoothly and arrive for our performance in comfort. The Müpa Budapest underground garage gates will be operated by an automatic number plate recognition system. Parking is free of charge for visitors with tickets to any of our paid performances on that given day. The detailed parking policy of Müpa Budapest is available here.

Safe ticket purchase

Dear Visitors, please note that only tickets purchased from the Müpa website and official ticket offices are guaranteed to be valid. To avoid possible inconvenience, we suggest buying tickets to our performances and concerts via the mupa.hu website, the Interticket national network (jegy.hu) or at our official ticket offices.



The MET: Live in HD at Müpa Budapest


Ugrás az oldal tetejére