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, and Insights
OCTOBER 18 | 6-7PM
The first X Opera in Conversation will feature artists of the creative team. These artists will dive into our production of X, sharing their inspirations, creative process, and some behind the scenes insights from the upcoming performances.
The History & Context of Malcolm X in Omaha
OCTOBER 25 | 6-7PM
Our second conversation will feature Omaha historians and community leaders convened by the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. They will discuss Malcolm X’s connection to Omaha and context of that time in Omaha’s history, as well as the legacy of Malcolm and the work of the Foundation.
X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X
NOVEMBER 4 & 6
History is in the making at Opera Omaha, where a magnificent cast and an ingenious creative team bring to life the inspiring story of Malcolm X – from his birth in Omaha, upbringing in Lansing, to his pilgrimage to Mecca.
Geoff Pope with the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation
Malcolm X and the Power of Media
NOVEMBER 5 | 11AM
Omaha North High School
Super Bowl champion, entrepreneur and Malcolm X lecturer and researcher, Geoff Pope, will present a youth lecture to open up conversations with students on understanding the power of media, how Malcolm X used it to his advantage, and why young people should follow his lead.
Why Malcolm X is Still Relevant
NOVEMBER 5 | 5PM
Malcolm X Memorial Foundation
Many of the problems Malcolm X discussed 60 years ago still exist. Join a conversation with Geoff Pope to explore why uplifting Malcolm’s message is needed more than ever today.
Opera in Conversation:
After the Curtain Call
NOVEMBER 5 | 6-7PM
The final Opera in Conversation will open an artist response conversation with Omaha artists and creatives reflecting on their experience of seeing the production and connecting to their own artistic practice, while encouraging the audience to share their reflections from the opera.
Public Masterclass with Joshua Conyers
NOVEMBER 9 | 7-8PM
North Omaha Music and Arts Academy
Following the production, Baritone Joshua Conyers, who plays Reginald, will lead a public masterclass for students and the public at NOMA. Join an evening of exploration into the life of an opera professional along with musical selections performed by Mr. Conyers.
Registration information to come.
Gallery 1516 Recital
NOVEMBER 13 | 11:30AM-12:30PM
Baritone Joshua Conyers will perform a recital at Gallery 1516. The program will be comprised of selections from his repertoire, performed with Head of Music Sean Kelly. This is part of Gallery 1516’s Bagels and Sometimes Bach Sunday morning concert series, which is free and open to the public.
No registration required.
Opera Omaha is partnering with the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation for resources and community programming surrounding X, the Life and Times of Malcolm X. You can learn more about the foundation and schedule a tour on their website