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TERENCE BLANCHARD / LIBRETTO BY Michael Cristofer

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Upcoming Performances

Monday

Apr 10 at 8 PM

Friday

Apr 14 at 7:30 PM

Tuesday

Apr 18 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Apr 22 at 8 PM

Tuesday

Apr 25 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Apr 29 at 1 PM

Thursday

May 4 at 7:30 PM

Monday

May 8 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

May 13 at 8 PM

Overview

When Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones opened the Met’s 2021–22 season to universal acclaim, it marked a historic moment in the annals of the company. Now, the six-time Grammy Award–winning composer’s first opera arrives at the Met. 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 is again on the podium for Blanchard’s second Met premiere, and director James Robinson—whose productions of Fire and Porgy and Bess brought down the house—oversees the staging. Camille A. Brown, whose choreography electrified audiences in Fire and Porgy, also returns.

An opera by Terence Blanchard
Libretto by Michael Cristofer

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. Originally commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, co-commissioned by Jazz St. Louis.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago

Production a gift of Lynne and Richard Pasculano, and C. Graham Berwind, III

Additional funding from The Ford Foundation, and the Francis Goelet Trusts

Creators

Terence Blanchard (b. 1962) is a celebrated composer whose many works express his roots in jazz but defy further categorization. A prolific creator in a wide variety of forms and genres, he is especially celebrated for his close collaboration with director Spike Lee and his accomplishments as an award-winning composer of more than 60 film scores.

Production

James Robinson

Set Designer

Allen Moyer

Costume Designer

Paul Tazewell

Lighting Designer

Donald Holder

Projection Designer

Greg Emetaz

Choreographer

Camille A. Brown

Headshot of Terence Blanchard

Composer

Terence Blanchard

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