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The Life and Times of Malcolm X

May 12, 2010

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Marking the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, New York City Opera, in collaboration with Opera Noire of New York, will present an abridged concert version of The Life and Times of Malcolm X, the brilliant and ground-breaking opera about the great civil rights leader which premiered at City Opera in 1986. Composer Anthony Davis and scenarist Christopher Davis will offer insights on their inspiration and creative process.

New York City Opera’s collaboration with the Schomburg Center is part of Opera Matters, the company’s series of events combining conversation, media and live music to celebrate opera’s connections to the visual arts, film, literature, the mass media and pop culture, the African-American experience and the world at large. Curated by City Opera's dramaturge Cori Ellison, Opera Matters brings together prominent artists, scholars and celebrities from diverse artistic and cultural communities to reveal opera’s vital place in today’s culture.

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Malcolm X

The late baritone Ben Holt sang the title role in the work. We will honor his mother, Mayme Wilkins Holt publicly here in Washington, D. C. on Sunday, October 17 3 PM at Asbury United Methodist Church. The Washington, D.C. branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians will be named officially in his honor. Several noted singers of the Metropolitan Opera will pay tribute in spoken word and song.

Libretto of Life and Times of Malcolm X Opera

The libretto was written by Thulani Davis. I wonder why that fact was left out of the library's press release.