September 16, 2021

The Metropolitan Opera announces the company premiere of Anthony Davis’s X

Today, the Metropolitan Opera declared that X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X by Anthony Davis will have its premiere with the company on November 3, 2023. This event marks the second time a production composed by a Black artist has been featured in the Met's history, the first being Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Terence Blanchard.

Thulani Davis, a well-regarded playwright, wrote the libretto for X, which premiered in 1986 at New York City Opera. Anthony Davis, who received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for his work on The Central Park Five opera, will revisit X for the upcoming production, revising some scenes to enable the show to run with only one intermission.

Kazem Abdullah will be conducting the show at the Met. The cast includes baritone Will Liverman as Malcolm X and the rising soprano Leah Hawkins in a double role as Louise and Betty Shabazz, Malcolm's wife.

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