Met Opera Live in HD 23-24 Season


X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X

Saturday, November 18 • 10am
Wednesday, November 22 • 1 & 7pm

Anthony Davis’s groundbreaking opera, which premiered in 1986, arrives at the Met at long last. Robert O’Hara, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2020 for his direction of Slave Play, oversees a new staging that imagines Malcolm as an everyman whose story transcends time and space. A cast of breakout artists take part in the operatic retelling of Malcom X’s life. Baritone Will Liverman, who triumphed in the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, sings Malcolm. Soprano Leah Hawkins plays his mother, Louise; mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis is his sister Ella; bass-baritone Michael Sumuel is his brother Reginald; and tenor Victor Ryan Robertson is the 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.


Running Time 222 mins

Genre Opera

MPAA Rating NR

Kazem Abdullah (Conductor)
Leah Hawkins
Raehann Bryce-Davis
Victor Ryan Robertson
Will Liverman
Michael Sumuel

Directed by
Robert O’Hara

Anthony Davis

Programs and casting subject to change.

Admission & Prices

Adult $28
Senior $26
Child $20

*All reserved seat tickets subject to service charge