X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X



Anthony Davis’s groundbreaking and influential opera, which premiered in 1986, arrives at in cinemas on November 18. Theater luminary and Tony-nominated director of Slave Play Robert O’Hara oversees a potent new staging that imagines Malcolm as an Everyman whose story transcends time and space. An exceptional cast of breakout artists and young Met stars enliven the operatic retelling of the civil rights leader’s life. Baritone Will Liverman, who triumphed in the Met premiere of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, sings Malcolm X, alongside soprano Leah Hawkins as his mother, Louise; mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis as his sister Ella; bass-baritone Michael Sumuel as his brother Reginald; and tenor Victor Ryan Robertson as 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. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

English StreamText captioning is available for the Met’s transmission of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X here. A transcript of the transmission will also be available to view after the live performance.

Buy tickets for X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X live in the opera house here.

Production a gift of The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. and The Ford Foundation

Additional funding from the Francis Goelet Endowment Fund and  the National Endowment for the Arts



Robert O’Hara

Set Designer

Clint Ramos

Costume Designer

Dede Ayite

Lighting Designer

Alex Jainchill

Projection Designer

Yee Eun Nam


Rickey Tripp

X: Life and Times of Malcolm X