Kanye West has written an opera

Posters are going up around Los Angeles for an opera by the US rapper Kanye West.

The title is Nebuchadnezzar, previously treated by Giuseppe Verdi.

Invitations have been issued via Twitter.

 


Va, pensiero.

And let us know afterwards if it was anything like this.

 

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  • From Forbes magazine: “The most obvious question some may have, though, is: why Nebuchadnezzar?”
    Er no, sorry. That question is nowhere near the top of my list in this case.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda beat him to the punch with Hamilton, essentially a hip-hop opera. Miranda is a much better wordsmith and dramatist. Kayne is merely an entertainer, at best.

    • Indeed; looking beyond the hype, Miranda’s Hamilton is masterful in concept, narrative depth, and keen use of motivic development. Very much a modern analogue to a Da Ponte opera (as many have already said).

      Looking beyond the hype, West has demonstrated a very keen sense for marketing, a bizarre cult of personality, and a drum machine.

      Perhaps this will be totally brilliant – there’s always a chance. For me personally though, like many of you, there are many, many entire discographies my listening life has yet to absorb that take precedence.

  • What is wrong with this country? Important events are occurring and we have to endure the self-important actions of Kanye West and the Kardashians.
    Why even mention that this musical nobody wrote an opera? Maybe if we don’t show interest, they will get the picture that they are nothing but fools.

  • “Posters are going up around Los Angeles for an opera by the US rapper Kanye West.
    The title is Nebuchadnezzar, previously treated by Giuseppe Verdi.
    Invitations have been issued via Twitter.”
    Previously treated by Giuseppe Verdi…. I laughed out loud for five minutes at this perfectly placed, exquisitely droll line.
    Thanks, Norman, for brightening up my evening!

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