Opera Theatre St. Louis, in conjunction with Jazz St. Louis brings 5 time Grammy Award winning Terence Blanchard to St. Louis this week. Workshops for gradeschool students at Lee Hamilton Elementary were part of the mix. And inspiring they were, as both Mr. Blanchard and Koran Bolden of Street Dreamz listened, laughed, and encouraged these young students to work hard and follow their dreams.
Continuing their individual traditions of commissioning music that showcases the talents of the world’s best contemporary composers, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Jazz St. Louis have joined forces in the development of a new opera, featuring a powerhouse team of writers and performers. With music by Terence Blanchard and libretto by Michael Cristofer, Champion blends the uniquely American tradition of jazz with the dramatic power of opera. Based on the story of prizefighter Emile Griffith