Angela Bassett to Host ‘X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X’ for Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD Series

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Marty Sohl / Met Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023–24 Live in HD season will continue on Nov. 18 with Anthony Davis’s “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.”

The opera is set to be conducted by Kazem Abdullah in a new production by Robert O’Hara. The cast includes Will Liverman, Leah Hawkins, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Michael Sumuel, and Victor Ryan Robertson.

Gary Halvorson will direct the Live in HD presentation for cinemas, with Oscar nominee Angela Bassett serving as host. Bassett starred as Dr. Betty Shabazz, alongside Denzel Washington as Malcolm, in the 1992 film “Malcolm X.” She will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access and conduct interviews with the cast and creative team during intermission.

Regarding the production, OperaWire said, “The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023-24 season unfurled a tapestry of music, history, and Afrofuturistic magical realism with Broadway producer Robert O’Hara’s ‘X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,’ composed by Anthony Davis, to a libretto by Thulani Davis, based on a story by Christopher Davis. The Met, traditionally a bastion of opera’s classic repertoire, transformed into a forum for reflection on social justice, equal rights, and the ongoing danger of police brutality or vigilante justice that Black Americans continue to face. It was an evening with profound impact.”