Kanye West will explore a new artistic medium next week with his first-ever opera. The Jesus Is King rapper took to Twitter on Sunday (Nov. 17) to share limited details about the project, which is named Nebuchadnezzar.
The opera, directed by Italian performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Sunday (Nov. 24). Kanye’s Sunday Service choir will provide the show’s music, along with “Peter Colins & Infinites Song,” per the tweeted invitation. Doors to Nebuchadnezzar will open at 1:30 p.m. PST, with the performance beginning at 4 p.m.
The opera’s invitation artwork, which was designed by Nick Knight, depicts a gold-engraved image of Nebuchadnezzar, who was a famous king of ancient Babylon that changed his self-serving ways and became a follower of God. Kanye referred to himself as a “Nebuchadnezzar-type character” during his pre-Jesus Is King interview with Zane Lowe.
“Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon, and he looked at his entire kingdom and said, ‘I did this.’ And God said, ‘Are you for real? You did this?’ Sounds kind of similar doesn’t it? I’m standing on the top of the mountain, talking about Yeezus, saying, ‘I did this.’ That I’m a God,” he told Lowe. “Nebuchadnezzar was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and he was a king!”
Kanye’s Nebuchadnezzar opera follows several events in support of his most recent Christian rap album, Jesus Is King. This past Sunday (Nov. 17), ‘Ye appeared at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch to perform his typical Sunday Service and chat with Osteen about his religious journey.
Kanye reportedly credited Osteen with converting thousands of people to Christianity and defended his reputation in the community. ‘Ye also spoke on his mental breakdown in 2016, saying that since then, he’s focused on serving God and changing his inner circle to fit his newfound religious beliefs.