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Composer: Blanchard, Terence

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Period20th century
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Opera in Jazz: Terence Blanchard's Champion

Arthur Woodley (Emile Griffith) © Scott Suchman for WNO
Washington National Opera continues its cycle of social justice operas.
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Champion at Opera Parallele: strong, but no knockout

Karen Slack (Emelda Griffith) and Kenneth Kellogg (Young Emile) © Sue Gilmore
Opera Parallele's production of Terence Blanchard's Champion: An Opera in Jazz features great performances but an uneven score and spotty blocking.
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