Everything We Know So Far About Kanye’s ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ Opera
It’s never a dull moment when it comes to the life and times of Kanye West. With the announcement of Nebuchadnezzar: A Kanye West Opera, fans everywhere are both puzzled and intrigued. Here at TBA, we’ve got the low-down on what to expect from the famed hip-hop giant.
Named in tribute to the ancient Babylonian king, (yes, you read that correctly), Kanye West recently announced that he will be presenting a new opera on November 24 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. Nebuchadnezzar: A Kanye West Opera follows the debut of West’s recent album and IMAX film, both titled Jesus Is King. While he has not announced a tour in support of his latest release just yet, Nebuchadnezzar has the potential to follow suit in the album’s emphasis on West’s faith. His new album includes tracks such as “Follow God,” “Use This Gospel” and “God Is,” which all center around West’s relationship with his spirituality.
On November 17, the famed hip-hop artist posted an image of a digital invitation to his Twitter, listing those who will perform at the Nebuchadnezzar Opera performance. The invitation itself has a gold-plated rendering, with artwork created by Nick Knight, who also collaborated previously with West on his IMAX film, Jesus Is King. Vanessa Beecroft, a well-known Italian performance artist who has assisted West before in his artistic endeavors, is named as the opera’s director. The opera will feature music from West’s very own Sunday Service gospel choir, along with Peter Collins and “Infinities Song.” However, it is rumored that Infinities Song is a typo, and West may have been referring to the acoustic group Infinity’s Song that he has been seen supporting at their recent concerts.
The West-Nebuchadnezzar Connection
While it’s still a bit unclear what the ties between West, his music, and King Nebuchadnezzar are, West recently dropped some hints in an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s Beats 1 as to where he drew inspiration from. Subjects such as West’s struggle with mental illness, his spirituality, and his music career thus far were all touched upon.
Later in the interview, he mentioned the king of Babylon once again, while referencing his 2013 Yeezus tour.
“Nebuchadnezzar was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and he was still king,” West explained candidly. “So not only was I diagnosed with mental illness, but mental illness was something that I was used to… to wash me out, to control me.” It is also speculated that Nebuchadnezzar himself had bipolar disorder, further connecting the dots between the ancient Mesopotamian king and West’s life.
Well, there you have it. While we don’t know much about this next musical endeavor for West, it won’t be long until the first (and so far only) scheduled performance of Nebuchadnezzar: A Kanye West Opera.
Kanye West Opera Tickets
Tickets for Nebuchadnezzar: A Kanye West Opera are on sale now. The performance is scheduled for this Sunday, November 24 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Interested in attending the opera? On SeatGeek you can find tickets for as low as $144, with front row seats averaging about $660. Use code TBA20BLOG at checkout for $20 off your purchase. Browse tickets here or view upcoming shows below.