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X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X

Met Opera Premiere

Anthony Davis | 2023 | 200 MINS
USA | Subtitles

The Met’s first three productions in their 2023/4 season are not playing safe, but very courageously presenting three contemporary operas and they should be supported if opera is to develop from the standard repertoire.

In Detail

Anthony Davis’ groundbreaking opera, which premiered in 1986, arrives at the Met at long last. Robert O’Hara, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2020 for his direction of ‘Slave Play,’ oversees a new staging that imagines Malcolm as an everyman whose story transcends time and space.

A cast of breakout artists take part in the operatic retelling of Malcom X’s life. Baritone Will Liverman, who triumphed in the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard’s ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones,’ sings Malcolm; Soprano Leah Hawkins plays his mother, Louise; mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis is his sister Ella; bass-baritone Michael Sumuel is his brother Reginald; and tenor Victor Ryan Robertson is the Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad.

Kazem Abdullah conducts the newly revised score, which provides a layered, jazz-inflected setting for the esteemed writer Thulani Davis’s libretto. Sung in English with subtitles.

200m approx inc interval

Tickets £20