classical music, opera, theatre

Terence Blanchard: Champion

The Met's new production

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  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • The Met: Live in HD at Müpa Budapest

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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.

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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

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