Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Davis revives ‘X,’ his prescient 1986 opera about Malcolm X: ‘A tragic hero’
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis photographed April 16, 2022 in San Diego. - Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS

SAN DIEGO — Serendipity and irony. Foresight and hindsight. A handwritten musical score giving way to a software program. A pandemic giving way to a rebirth. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis is acutely aware of the key roles timing, technology, fate and the devastating COVID-19 pandemic have played in bringing back to life his first opera, 1986’s groundbreaking “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.” “It’s beyond serendipitous,” said Davis of his opera’s unexpected resurrection, 36 years after its debut. A bold fusion of contemporary classical and traditional opera, vintage and cutt...