Trajectory To Martyrdom

COMPOSER: ANTHONY DAVIS

LIBRETTIST: THULANI DAVIS

ALBUM: X, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X

LABEL: GRAMAVISION

THE BOTTOM LINE: A powerful opera brings vividly to life the rage and pain of an incendiary figure.

THE GAP BETWEEN THE DEATH OF A public figure and his operatic commemoration is getting shorter all the time. The ancient Greeks and Romans had to wait millenniums before their reincarnation on the European stage; even Don Carlos' career move from Spanish royalty to Verdi opera took a couple of centuries.

Modern artists aren't so patient. The past decade or so has witnessed operas on such...

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