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Boxing tragedy inspires Blanchard's first opera

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Jazz composer Terence Blanchard couldn't have imagined how timely his opera about a gay boxer would become when he accepted a commission three years ago. Blanchard's "Champion" -- with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Michael Cristofer -- is based on the life of former world welterweight and middleweight champion Emile Griffith. Its world premiere at the Opera...