Terence Blanchard: Champion (Recorded Live at the Met, 4/29/2023) (Apple Music)

Artist: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Label: The Metropolitan Opera
Additional Artists:

Ryan Speedo Green; Eric Owens; Latonia Moore; Stephanie Blythe; Paul Groves; Eric Greene


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 2021–22. 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 Nézet-Séguin takes the podium for Blanchard’s second Met premiere, also reuniting the director-and-choreographer team of James Robinson and Camille A. Brown.

Genre: Vocal/Opera