Kanye West announces his first opera, ‘Nebuchadnezzar’

It will be staged at Hollywood Bowl later this month.

Kanye West is set to break into the opera world: The rapper has announced that he will debut his first-ever theatrical piece, Nebuchadnezzar: A Kanye West Opera, later this month.

Last night, West shared the event’s artwork on Twitter. Designed by Nick Wright, it features a golden portrait of the great Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, who is known in biblical history for conquering Judah and the destruction of Jerusalem. Plot details of the opera have yet to be revealed.

The opera is directed by Italian artist and West’s frequent collaborator Vanessa Beecroft, and will feature music by his Sunday Service choir, Peter Colins and Infinities Song.


As Pitchfork notes, Ye had previously mentioned Nebuchadnezzar in a recent interview while promoting his latest album, Jesus is King. “[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,’” West told Zane Lowe of 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 premieres at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on November 24. Tickets are available here.

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