The Metropolitan Opera will present its second work by a black composer, “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” by Anthony Davis, just two years after its premiere.
NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Opera will present its second work by a black composer, “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” by Anthony Davis, just two years after its premiere.
The company announced Thursday that “X” will open on November 3, 2023, in a production by Robert O’Hara which will be directed by Kazem Abdullah.
Baritone Will Liverman will sing the title role and soprano Leah Hawkins will sing in the directing, a co-production of the Met, Michigan, Opera Omaha and the Seattle Opera. The production will premiere at the Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit on May 14 and travel to Omaha in October.
The Met opens its 2021-22 season on September 27 with Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” ending an 18-month gap in staged performances due to the pandemic.
“X” had its world premiere at the New York City Opera in 1986. Davis, the 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner for music for “The Central Park Five”, will rewrite “X” to have one intermission instead of two.