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