Presented by Washington National Opera
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Monday, Mar 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, Mar 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
by Michael Cristofer and Terence Blanchard
Directed by James Robinson
Jazz powerhouse Terence Blanchard, the five-time Grammy-winning trumpeter-composer, created the knockout score for this opera, based on the compelling true story of boxer Emile Griffith, a closeted gay man whose welterweight championship bout with a bigot culminated in both victory and tragedy.
Penned by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Cristofer (The Shadow Box, The Bonfire of the Vanities), this hard-hitting and visually striking musical drama finds the aging pugilist reflecting on his Caribbean childhood, his conflicted sexuality and his career in the ring before and after that fateful 1962 fight. Arthur Woodley, who originated the role in 2013, reprises it for this Washington National Opera production at The Kennedy Center in DC.