Washington National Opera: Champion at the Kennedy Center

Washington National Opera: Champion

Date: 03/04/17 - 03/18/17
Time: All Day
Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Join us at the Kennedy Center Opera House for 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.”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.”

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