X: The Life and
Times of Malcolm X

Composed by Anthony Davis
Libretto by Thulani Davis

The first opera from Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Anthony Davis, X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X depicts, in a series of fast-moving vignettes, the galvanic life and career of the controversial African-American activist Malcolm X (1925–1965).

Through a combination of operatic writing and swing, scat, modal jazz, and rap, the opera echoes the “sound” of Malcolm’s era and opens a powerful conversation about the history and living legacy of Malcolm X — in Boston and around the world.

“Riveting and poignant…forceful, resonant”– The Boston Globe

As Told By: History, Race, and Justice on the Opera Stage

In October 2021, Odyssey Opera and Boston Modern Orchestra Project announced As Told By: History, Race, and Justice on the Opera Stage, the most extensive and ambitious presentation of opera by Black composers to ever take place in the US. Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X is the first production in the As Told By series, five operas that depict vital figures of Black liberation across 250 years of history.

Cast and Creative

Davóne Tines
MALCOLM X

Ronnita Miller
ELLA

Whitney Morrison
LOUISE/BETTY

Joshua Conyers
REGINALD

Victor Robertson
ELIJAH-STREET

Gil Rose
CONDUCTOR

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