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Terence Blanchard writes his first opera: 'Champion.' The true story of a gay boxer in the 1960s / NPR: Weekend ATC piece

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From his days blowing trumpet for Art Blakey to his film scores for Spike Lee, Terence Blanchard has honed a signature sound as one of today's foremost composers of jazz. Last year brought a new challenge: He was commissioned to compose an opera, and jumped at the chance to tell a powerful tale. Champion is the true story of a gay boxer in the 1960s, welterweight world champion Emile Griffith, and his fateful fights with rival Benny Paret. SEE THE FULL NPR WEEKEND ALL THINGS CONSIDERED PAGE.

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