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The Metropolitan Opera: X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X

The Metropolitan Opera: X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X
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Released: November 18, 2023
Director: Kazem Abdullah
Producer: Robert O'Hara
Studio: The Metropolitan Opera
Cast: Will Liverman, Leah Hawkins, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Michael Sumuel, Victor Ryan Robertson
Genre: Opera
Length: 222 minutes

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The Metropolitan Opera: X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X Overview

Anthony Davisís groundbreaking opera, which premiered in 1986, arrives at the Met at long last. Robert OíHara, 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 bring to life the operatic retelling of Malcolm Xís life. Baritone Will Liverman, who triumphed in the Met premiere of Terence Blanchardís Fire Shut Up in My Bones, sings Malcolm. Soprano Leah Hawkins plays his mother, Louise; mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis his sister Ella; bass-baritone Michael Sumuel is his brother Reginald; and tenor Victor Ryan Robertson portrays 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 Davisís libretto.

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