X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X Tickets
Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara directs the Met Opera premiere of this modern classic, based on the life of Malcolm X.
X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X Tickets Available Now37 years after its groundbreaking premiere, the Metropolitan Opera House finally welcomes X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X to its stage. This urgent and compelling take on the civil rights leader’s life is renewed with a revised score and direction from Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara (Slave Play).
About X: The Life and Times of Malcolm XHe is a figure that stands tall in modern US history, and in this stirring opera Malcolm X’s short but powerful life is etched out on stage. From the murder of his father to his mother’s breakdown and his fight for liberation, the Malcolm X opera explores the full arc of his journey from childhood to death.
X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X premiered in 1986 and has been considered an underrated gem in the modern operatic canon, praised for its curiosity in both content and music.
Who created the Malcolm X Opera?X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X has music by Anthony Davis and a libretto by Thulani Davis, and is devised from a story by Christopher Davis.
In the Met Opera’s commanding new staging, Malcolm X is imagined as an Everyman whose life and story break the boundaries of time and space. The newly revised score, conducted by Kazem Abdullah, is the richly layered, jazz-inflected foundation that makes the story spring from the stage. It is directed by Robert O’Hara, who was nominated for a Tony Award for daring and groundbreaking Broadway show Slave Play.