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Washington National Opera: Champion

March 4, 2017 - March 18, 2017

This tragic true story tells the tale of Emile Griffith, a closeted bisexual boxer who became a world champion. The jazz opera takes playgoers through Griffith’s childhood in the Caribbean and explores the consequences of his wrestling match with a homophobic opponent who passed away ten days after being knocked out by Griffith. The show will feature Arthur Woodley as the titular Champion, performing a score composed by Terence Blanchard of Mo’ Better Blues and Inside Man. This complex, nuanced dramatic take on identity and victory is one you won’t want to miss. And don’t forget to stop by for a pre-show Opera Insight session, where you’ll get to learn about the musical choices and production behind the show. You can also participate in a free post-show discussion to hear the perspective of the show’s artists.

Book here to stay with the St. Gregory Hotel during the show. For more information, check out the event website here.


Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Saturday, March 18, 2017


The Kennedy Center


March 4, 2017
March 18, 2017