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Performing Arts

As Told By: X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X

When: June 17, 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Where: 543 Columbia Road, Boston, MA
Ages allowed: All Ages
Cost: $0.00 - $50
As Told By: X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X

Boston history comes alive on Friday, June 17, at the Strand Theatre! Don’t miss X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, the operatic retelling of the life of an American icon, produced by Boston Modern Orchestra Project in partnership with Odyssey Opera. 

Tickets are now available, and all tickets are pay-what-you-want–reserve your seat here. 

The first opera from Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Anthony Davis, X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X depicts, in a series of fast-moving vignettes, the galvanic life and career of Malcolm X (1925–1965). Davis’ score echoes the “sound” of Malcolm’s era and opens a powerful conversation about the history and living legacy of Malcolm X — in Boston and around the world.

BMOP’s New England premiere performance of X, produced in partnership with Odyssey Opera, brings this seminal opera to the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, just blocks from the neighborhood where Malcolm Little lived in his youth with his sister Ella. Arrive early to the Strand Theatre for FREE pre-performance exhibits and events. Check the BMOP website for up-to-date information about event schedules.

Starring Davóne Tines in the title role and featuring Victor Robertson, Whitney Morrison, Joshua Conyers, and Ronnita Miller.

X is the first opera in As Told By: History, Race, and Justice on the Opera Stage, a five-year initiative featuring five operas by five Black composers about Black historical figures with ties to Boston. With performances, recordings, and community programs, As Told By is a celebration of Black creativity, a city-wide conversation starter, and a force for change in American opera. Learn more at