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Terence Blanchard's 'Champion' is a case study in pathos, confused identity, fame, and the price paid / The New Orleans Advocate

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Terence Blanchard's two-act opera "Champion," which premiered locally at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Friday and will be reprised in a Sunday matinee by the New Orleans Opera Association, is a case study in pathos, confused identity, the joys of fame and the price that is often paid during the rise to the top. Working from a fact-based libretto by Michael Cristofer, Blanchard, a Grammy-winning New Orleans trumpeter who has performed with some of the immortals of jazz and composed dozens of film scores, has taken his varied musical experiences to a new level in this, his first opera.

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