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Six time Grammy® winner Terence Blanchard brings the true story of boxer Emile Griffith to the opera stage.
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About Champion

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 first opera arrives at the Met. 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 is again on the podium for Blanchard’s second Met premiere, and director James Robinson—whose productions of Fire and Porgy and Bess brought down the house—oversees the staging. Camille A. Brown, whose choreography electrified audiences in Fire and Porgy, also returns.

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.

Start date

April 10th, 2023

End date

May 13th, 2023


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39 Reviews



770 Reviews | 424 Followers
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if An absorbing opera about a black gay boxer with outstanding voices & choreography, with beautiful sets. Bravo to the entire cast.

Don’t see it if Some may not like the atonal score.

Patrick M 4

Patrick M 4

1212 Reviews | 345 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you'd like to enjoy the excitement of a new opera with an exciting score with dance and action-packed performances by wonderful singers.

Don’t see it if you are looking for classical opera or are put off by quite a bit of heavy low note music.

Phil 9070

Phil 9070

414 Reviews | 96 Followers
Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful production depicting the downfall of the boxer Emile Griffith featuring wonderful staging, libretto and score.

Don’t see it if This was for me similar to a broadway musical rather than an opera. Very powerful and thought provoking. Highly recommended.



172 Reviews | 56 Followers
Powerful, Great orchestra, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Especially enjoyed Eric Owens as the older poignant Griffith, and Latonia Moore as Giffith's absent mother. Loved the jazzy orchestration by

Don’t see it if Voices needed amplification in the first act. Strong language and adult themes.

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30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, United States, 10023


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