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CHAMPION at Lyric Opera

  • Tuesday, February 06, 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Lyric Opera House, 20 N Wacker



Lyric Opera of Chicago welcomes Champion about gay boxer Emile Griffith.

Based on a true story and featuring a libretto by Michael Cristofer; the drama unfolds in what composer Terence Blanchard calls “an opera in jazz.”

Welterweight boxer Emile Griffith is tortured by the complex realities of his life: decades-long guilt from defeating a challenger in the ring, who died from Griffith’s blows; and desperately conflicted feelings regarding his own sexuality. James Robinson’s production arrives in Chicago with a remarkable cast. Joining Lyric favorites Eric Owens, Whitney Morrison, and Paul Groves is Justin Austin, a brilliant new star who triumphed in Fire Shut Up in My Bones, with Music Director Enrique Mazzola leading the Lyric Opera Orchestra.

  • Sung in English with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including 1 intermission
Tickets run from $41 to $300. and can be purchased here

If we have a party of 10, we can get a 20% group discount. Please register to so we can see the size of our group.

Check out these clips from the recent production of Champion at the Metropolitan Opera:

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