Kanye West Announces His First Opera, Nebuchadnezzar

Written by Kecia Gayle November 18, 2019
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Kanye West Announces His First Opera, Nebuchadnezzar

Sunday was a big day for Kanye West. Not only did he bring his service to pastor Joel Osteen‘s Lakewood Church where he dropped a good word and also spoke a little about his spiritual journey, later that day he also announced his first ever opera: Nebuchadnezzar!

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Ye posted an invite to Nebuchadnezzar: A Kanye West Opera to Twitter on Sunday. Although Kanye didn’t explain why he’s made such a move, it appears he is drawing inspiration from the Bible like much of his recent work. According to the invite image, the show will be directed by Italian performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, with music by Yeezy’s Sunday Service collective, Peter Collins, and Infinities Song.

Kanye has mentioned Nebuchadnezzar before as Pitchfork pointed out: “[God] is saying, Let me take this Nebuchadnezzar-type character—Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon, and he looked at his entire kingdom and said, I did this,” the Jesus Is King creator told Zane Lowe during an interview on Apple Music’s Beats 1. “I stood on the top of the mountain talking about Yeezus, saying, ‘I’m a God’—I had a guy dressed as Jesus.”

Nebuchadnezzar is set to premiere at the Hollywood Bowl on November 24. Tickets go on sale Monday.

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