Davis' operas blend Western and non-Western sources, including jazz, hip-hop, and other African-American musical styles and in some cases improvisational techniques.
X, or The Life and Times of Malcolm X, opera in three acts Libretto by Thulani Davis after an original story by Christopher Davis. September 28, 1986, New York City Opera ((stage premiere)); October 9, 1985, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ((concert premiere))
Under the Double Moon Libretto by Deborah Atherton. 1989, St. Louis, Missouri
Tania Libretto by John-Michael LaChiusa. 1992, American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Amistad, opera in two acts Libretto by Thulani Davis. November 29, 1997, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Wakonda's Dream Libretto by Yusef Komunyakaa. March 7, 2007, Opera Omaha, Orpheum Theater, Omaha, Nebraska