2700 F St NW, Washington, DC
WASHINGTON NATI0NAL OPERA :
“CHAMPION" @ KENNEDY CENTER
The real-life story of Emile Griffith--the closeted gay boxer whose knockout of a homophobic rival in the early 1960s led to unexpected tragedy--comes roaring to the stage in Terence Blanchard's haunting and visually stunning "opera in jazz."
THE KENNEDY CENTER + WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA
SAT. MARCH 04 @ 7:PM - SAT. MARCH 18, 2017 @ 7:PM
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TO WIN IN THE RING, HE HAD TO HIDE HIS TRUTH.
TERENCE BLANCHARD / MICHAEL CRISTOFER
In English with Projected English Titles
New WNO productionadapted from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
"I'm seeing a lot of wonderful African American singers at WNO…
I love it. I have to go sing for Washington."
--Aubrey Allicock (Opera News)
"I kill a man and the world forgives me. I love a man and the world wants to kill me." The story of Emile Griffith--the closeted gay welterweight boxer whose knockout of a homophobic rival led to unexpected tragedy--comes roaring to the stage in this riveting and haunting opera. Through flashback, an aging Emile reflects on his tumultuous life, from his Caribbean upbringing and conflicted sexuality to his meteoric rise in the ring and ensuing decline in health. Battling years of guilt, regret, and denial, he now faces his greatest fight: to come to terms with his true self.
Five-time Grammy-winning jazz powerhouse Terence Blanchard, whose music ranges from film to Broadway to the concert hall, has composed a soulful, groundbreaking score filled with jazz-inflected vocals, bluesy harmonies, and Afro-Caribbean beats. Mixing bold characterizations with visually stunning multimedia and a jazz trio within the orchestra, Champion blew critics away when it premiered in 2013. The New York Times said the opera "strikes a resonant chord," while the Chicago Tribune called it "a new work of quality and staying power."
Performance Timing: TBA
About The WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA > Led by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello
The 2016–2017 WNO season presents fresh takes on classic operas, fascinating contemporary works, and the best in American artistry. Don’t miss Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Terence Blanchard’s Champion, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and much more.
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