Met Live Opera: Champion


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Apr 29 10:00 AM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, May 3 3:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Met Live Opera
Run Time:3 hours, 20 minutes
Met Company
Conductor:Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Opera Company:Latonia Moore (Emelda Griffith)
Stephanie Blythe (Kathy Hagan)
Ryan Speedo Green (Young Emile Griffith)
Eric Owens (Emile Griffith)
Production:James Robinson
Set Designer:Allen Moyer
Costume Designer:Paul Tazewell
Lighting Designer:Donald Holder
Choreographer:Camille A. Brown


Terence Blanchard

Libretto by Michael Cristofer

Live: Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m.
Encore: Wednesday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m.

There will be a pre-opera talk led by Russ Fox one hour before the LIVE performance on Saturday.

Cast: Latonia Moore (Emelda Griffith), Stephanie Blythe (Kathy Hagan), Ryan Speedo Green (Young Emile Griffith), Eric Owens (Emile Griffith)

Six-time Grammy Award–winning composer Terence Blanchard brings his first opera to the Met after his Fire Shut Up in My Bones triumphantly premiered with the company to universal acclaim in 2021. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is the young boxer Emile Griffith, who rises from obscurity to become a world champion, and bass-baritone Eric Owens portrays Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Soprano Latonia Moore is Emelda Griffith, the boxer’s estranged mother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is the bar owner Kathy Hagan. Yannick Ne´zet-Se´guin takes the podium for Blanchard’s second Met premiere, also reuniting the director-and-choreographer team of James Robinson and Camille A. Brown.