(WNY News Now) – Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues the 2023-24 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center on Sat., Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., with Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X. It marks the Met’s premiere production of this contemporary masterpiece.
Fredonia – Davis’s groundbreaking and influential opera, which premiered in 1986, arrives at the Met at long last. 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’s 2021 premiere of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, is Malcolm, 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. Sung in English with English subtitles, this production runs three hours, 42 minutes with two intermissions. Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver.
Please note that X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X contains strong language
Individual tickets to each of the operas in the season are $20, ($18 Opera House members, $10 students). A
flexible subscription of eight tickets which can be used however you want – one at a time to eight different operas, all at once for eight people, or anything in between – is available for $142. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 12-4:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org .