Champion - Michigan Opera Theatre

All performances of Champion are canceled.
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Overview

Terence Blanchard’s “opera in jazz” makes its Detroit Opera House debut! Based on the real story of prize 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.

Production Highlights:

  • 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

 

Champion contains mature subject matter and strong language. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

Fast Facts

Opera in two acts
Music by Terence Blanchard
Libretto by Michael Cristofer
Premiered 2013 in Webster Groves

This production
Conducted by Kazem Abdullah
Directed by James Robinson
Running time about 2 hours 20 minutes including intermission

Mature subject matter; strong language. Recommended for age 15 and up.

Artists

Arthur Woodley

Emile Griffith

Denyce Graves

Emelda Griffith

Aubrey Allicock

Young Emile Griffith

Kimwana Doner

Blanche/ Sadie Griffith

Brian Arreola

Luis Rodrigo Griffith

Victor Ryan Robertson

Benny “The Kid” Paret/ Benny Paret, Jr.

Wayne Tigges

Howie Albert

Meredith Arwady

Kathy Hagen

John Howland-Streng

Little Emile

David Moan

Ring Announcer

Darren Drone
SA

Man in Bar, Young Man

Maverick Lemons

Dancer, Dance Captain

Michael Teasley

Dancer

Andrew Cribbett

Dancer

Rebecca Arends

Dancer

Emily Bezbatchenko

Dancer

Zaire Polk

Little Emile Understudy

Kazem Abdullah

Conductor

James Robinson

Director

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Champion is presented by

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Fast Facts

Opera in two acts
Music by Terence Blanchard
Libretto by Michael Cristofer
Premiered 2013 in Webster Groves

This production
Conducted by Kazem Abdullah
Directed by James Robinson
Running time about 2 hours 20 minutes including intermission

Mature subject matter; strong language. Recommended for age 15 and up.

Sponsors

Champion is presented by

This project is supported in part by awards from: