With its mix of political fervor and emotional nuance, X encompasses within its three swift acts both the curtailed life of its protagonist and a portrait of the movement he helped to spearhead....In the 20 years since X had its world premiere at the New York City Opera....Sunday’s performance revealed a work of remarkable inventiveness and cogency that moves sure-footedly through a range of musical settings.
Davis writes in skillfully layered scenes that stride ahead or circle back on themselves as the narrative demands. Some of the music draws on traditional jazz...more often he combines a forceful rhythmic palette with beautiful, vividly etched melodic lines that soar and jab invitingly....X is...a richly rewarding theatrical experience. We can never have enough of those.
Not just a stirring and well-fashioned opera that already is much but one whose music adds a new, individual voice to those previously heard in our opera houses.