Terence Blanchard’s “opera in jazz” makes its Detroit Opera House debut March 26. Based on the real story of prized fighter Emile Griffith, Champion is a reflection on the boxer’s life as he struggles with regret, prejudice and the fluidity of sexual and societal morality. Featuring opera star Denyce Graves, Champion is a self-reflective work not to be missed.
- Featuring Denyce Graves as Emelda Griffith and Arthur Woodley Emile Griffith
- “Opera in jazz” composed by jazz musician Terence Blanchard
- Conductor: Kazem Abdullah
- Director: James Robinson