Kanye West has provided details about his upcoming opera based on biblical figure Nebuchadnezzar before its debut at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday (November 24).
The opera is set in the 6th century B.C.E. as it recounts the Babylonian King’s transition from an evil tyrant and conqueror to a follower of the Christian faith. The production is directed by Italian performance artist Vanessa Beecroft and features West’s Sunday Service collective, pop-soul singer Peter Collins and folk family band Infinity’s Song.
“West conceived of this opera as an expression of his commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical palette,” the press release explained. “Nebuchadnezzar brings together elements from different worlds, including opera, fine art, modern dance, and gospel music, to create an innovative performance structure. West’s sound is the bridge between these artforms.”
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Ye mentioned he was writing the biblical opera during an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe last month. The opera has been set to premiere less than a month after the rapper released his first gospel album Jesus is King.