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Anthony Davis

Opera, jazz, and beyond

Born February 20, 1951, Paterson, New Jersey
About Anthony Davis

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

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Anthony Davis at Amazon.com

Anthony Davis


Aaronson-Davis/Brooks/Young, Steiger

2 CD / Koch 7467 (2001)

Anthony Davis

X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X

Ehrlich/Paige/Perry/Pindell/Byrne, Orchestra of St. Luke's/Curry

2 CD / Gramavision (1992)

Anthony Davis


Baker/Quiver/West/Doss/Young, Lyric Opera of Chicago/Davies

2 CD / New World Records (2008)

Bibliography Search for books by and about Anthony Davis at Amazon.com

"Come with me, child" from X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X


G. Schirmer American Opera Anthology: Mezzo-Soprano

G. Schirmer 2004

"Shoot the shot" from X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X

"The moonlight died" from Amistad


G. Schirmer American Opera Anthology: Tenor

G. Schirmer 2004

Anthony Davis

Last update: January 1, 2009