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Kanye West is set to stage his first-ever opera on Nov. 24, 2019 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
The famed rapper took to Twitter to reveal that he would be making an opera entitled “Nebuchadnezzar,” based on the Babylonian king referenced in the Bible.
The opera will be directed by Italian contemporary performance artist Vanessa Beecroft with performances by West’s Sunday Service gospel group, as well as Peter Collins and Infinite Songs.
The rapper previously referenced Nebuchadnezzar in an interview ahead of the release of his album “Jesus is King.”
“Nebuchadnezzar was the king… And he looked at his entire kingdom and said, ‘I did this’, and God said, ‘Oh, for real? You did this?’” he said.“Sounds kind of similar, right? I’m standing on the tip of the mountain talking about Yeezus. Saying, ‘I did this!’ That I’m a God! And I would – I could talk to Jesus at the end of my show. I had a guy dressed up as Jesus, at the end of my show.”
West, who has called himself the “greatest artist that God ever created,” is not the first to create an opera based on this particular subject. Verdi’s opera “Nabucco” was also based on the biblical story; it proved to be his big breakout and launched his career as arguably the greatest Italian composer of all time.