LOS ANGELES, CA– Kanye West has provided details regarding his upcoming opera based upon scriptural number Nebuchadnezzar prior to its debut at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday (November 24).
The opera is set in the sixth century B.C.E. as it states 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 as well as folk family band Infinity’s Track.
“West conceived of this opera as an expression of his commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical palette,” the press release described. “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.”
Ye stated he was creating the scriptural 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 launched his very first gospel album Jesus is King.
Recently, Kanye announced he’s working on a sequel to Jesus is King with Dr. Dre.
The biblical opera premieres at 4 p.m. PST. Tickets are currently on sale with Tidal streaming the event exclusively.