Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X

February 3, 2024, 12:00 pm

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Will Liverman stands center stage dressed as Malcolm in a performance of "X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X"
Will Liverman as Malcolm in Anthony Davis's X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X (Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera)

Anthony Davis’s groundbreaking and influential opera, which premiered in 1986, arrives at the Met at long last. Theater luminary and Tony-nominated director of Slave Play Robert O’Hara oversees a potent new staging that imagines Malcolm as an Everyman whose story transcends time and space. An exceptional cast of breakout artists and young Met stars enliven the operatic retelling of the civil rights leader’s life. Baritone Will Liverman, who triumphed in the Met premiere of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, sings Malcolm X, alongside soprano Leah Hawkins as his mother, Louise; mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis as his sister Ella; bass-baritone Michael Sumuel as his brother Reginald; and tenor Victor Ryan Robertson as 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.

Description via Met Opera. Performance from November 18, 2023.