Oct 28, 2022
Know Before You Go
Join us for X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X Friday, November 4, 2022 | 7:30pm Box Office Open | 6:00pm Lobby Open | 6:30pm House Open | 7:00pm Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 2:00pm Box Office Open | 12:30pm Lobby Open | 1:00pm House Open | 1:30pm Orpheum Theater 409 S. 16th Street, Omaha, NE 68102 The performance runs approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes with one 20-minute intermission View performance details CONTENT WARNING Please be advised sound effects of a weapon and an explosion are in use within the context of this production. The opera contains strong language, including racial slurs. Before you arrive Ticketing All tickets purchased through Ticket Omaha have been delivered electronically to the Ticket Omaha App to provide a ...
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Oct 17, 2022
Plan your X-perience
How do you prepare for a night at the opera? Do you like to learn everything that you can about a piece before the curtain rises? Or do you like to go in fresh with no expectations or previous knowledge? No matter how you like to craft your individual opera experience, Opera Omaha is proud to produce not just an evening at the opera, but multiple opportunities to absorb the breadth, weight, and history of this piece.We seek to expand the audience experience by providing opportunities to further explore the history, community connections, and artistry of X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X. Opera in Conversation: Inspiration, Process, ...
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Oct 11, 2022
Study Guide | X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X
X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X Student Dress Rehearsal Study Guide Created as a companion to Opera Omaha’s Student Dress Rehearsal of X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X. The study guide includes information about the opera, information about Malcolm X and his connection to Omaha provided by the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, an Opera 101, guiding questions for discussion, and resources for further exploration. Download Study Guide
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Oct 4, 2022
Malcolm X is having his moment in Omaha
The Omaha born, iconic leader, Malcolm X, is getting a lot of attention right now. A few weeks ago, he was selected to be the newest inductee into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. He will be the first African American to be selected for this honor. Additionally, coming up in November, Opera Omaha will produce the opera X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X, which will be performed in Omaha before going to the Metropolitan Opera in New York. For JoAnna LeFlore-Ejike, the Executive Director of the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, and Leo Louis II, its board president, the synergy of this moment has been 25 years in the making. “It...
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Oct 3, 2022
Malcolm X Resources
Omaha History North Omaha History, Adam Fletcher Sasse A Biography of Malcolm X in Omaha A Tour of the Omaha Civil Rights Movement A History of 24th Street in North Omaha References and further resources recommended by the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation Books The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley and Malcolm X (1965) Growing up X, Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X (2003) Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, Ilyasah Shabazz (2014) Betty Before X, Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson (2018) The Dead are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, Les Payne and Tamara Payne (2020) Speeches and Interviews Speech on the Founding of OAAU (1964) | Digital Copy from M...
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Oct 2, 2022
Connecting Malcolm X to Omaha
The Black Experience in Omaha early 1900’s: a major hub of cultural activity in the Midwest The timing of Malcolm’s birth and his familial presence in Omaha could not have been more significant. During the period 1910 to 1920, Omaha experienced a major growth in the size of the African American population concomitant with the growth of the meat packing industry and its recruitment of African Americans as employees. These newly minted residents faced a quandary. Segregation was not formally legislated, but it was commonly practiced in public places. You have then the juxtaposition of a large and growing population, with high levels of employment and increasing political and economic power, “the ir...
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Oct 1, 2022
About the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation
Opera Omaha is partnering with the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation for resources and community programming surrounding X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X. MISSION The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation is focused on preserving the human rights legacy of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) while prioritizing self-reliance & determination through radical movement building. VISION We aim to educate with a focus on the African Diaspora and providing liberation through incubation of grassroots transformative programming. We envision an empowered community of self and family, thriving in equity; Leading as a creative common ground for Afro-American centered action-oriented activism and leadership development. VALUES Our core values are rooted in: civic engagement, ...
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Sep 28, 2022
Casting Notice – Supernumeraries for X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X
SUPERNUMERARY (EXTRAS) NEEDS X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X In its Midwest premiere, Anthony Davis and Thulani Davis’s distinctly American opera X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, will be directed by Robert O’Hara, 2020 Tony Award nominee for Slave Play on Broadway. This epic new production – produced in partnership with Detroit Opera, The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Seattle Opera – will perform for Omaha audiences first before traveling to The Met in 2023. Through a series of vignettes, X outlines the life of Malcolm X from boyhood to his assassination in 1965, discovering the past, present and future vision of “a prophet in search ...
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Aug 24, 2022
Education Newsletter August 2022
REGISTER FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Free Student Dress Rehearsals and Artist Visit Registration Now Open! Go beyond the ordinary field trip experience. Student Dress Rehearsals at Opera Omaha offer students a deep, meaningful encounter with all the elements that bring productions to the stage. Experience how a show is fine-tuned while watching many of the professional artists, technicians, and managers in action. All dress rehearsals start with a prelude talk and teachers are provided a study guide in advance, which helps connect the dress rehearsal experience to Nebraska Fine Arts Education Standards in music and theatre. Not to mention, Opera Omaha is proud to be able to offer our students and ...
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Aug 15, 2022
Opera Outdoors - Know Before You Go
ESPAÑOL Join us for Opera Outdoors a free, fun, family-friendly opera concert at Turner Park Friday, August 19, 2022 | 7:00 PM Turner Park at Midtown Crossing View performance details Program What should I bring? Bring items that would make you feel comfortable at an outdoor concert - a blanket, lawn chairs, even a picnic! If you prefer not to bring food, Midtown Crossing has multiple restaurants from which to choose. When should I arrive? The Park and Kid Zone opens at 5:30 p.m., so you can start to claim your spot on the lawn. Kid Zone will include arts and crafts, balloon animals and more! The opera concert will begin at 7:00 p.m...
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