Timothy O'Leary

Cityscape
10:19 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Premieres Terence Blanchard’s ‘Champion’

(L to R) Robert Orth as Howie Albert and Aubrey Allicock as Young Emile Griffith in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2013 world premiere production of Champion.
Ken Howard | Opera Theatre of St. Louis

On Saturday, June 15, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis performs the world premiere of jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s first opera, Champion. Set to a libretto by Michael Cristofer, the opera tells the true story of Emile Griffith, a gay boxer who became the Welterweight Champion of the World. But in a boxing match, he kills his opponent through no fault of his own, and then has to live with the guilt for the rest of his life.

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