Twitter Was “Blown Away” By Kanye West’s Impressive & Groundbreaking Opera
Kanye West‘s biblical opera Nebuchadnezzar premiered yesterday, November 24, at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The opera saw Kanye as the narrator, Sheck Wes as the titular Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, and musical performances by singer Peter Collins and Infinity’s Song. And, according to Twitter, the event was (for the most part) a huge success.
Directed by longtime collaborator Vanessa Beecroft — who also directed Kanye’s “Runaway” video — the show featured theatrics, costumes, dancers, and, of course, opera singers. Though most of the music in Nebuchadnezzar was original, some parts pulled from Kanye’s catalog, including “Wolves” from Life of Pablo.
reading from the book of Daniel pic.twitter.com/GHmLTWa7iS
— ye (@kanyewest) November 25, 2019
According to Pitchfork, the show featured some unexpected moments, too. Starting two hours behind schedule, the audience reportedly began to chant “We want Kanye.” And though most fans were expecting him to perform on stage, he took the backseat and starred as the narrator behind the scenes.
Kanye’s narration did lead to some humor, however. For example, while he was reading from the Bible’s Book of Daniel, he stated that Nebuchadnezzar “fell upon his face” three different times. Sheck Wes, meanwhile, refused to fall, leading to laughs from the audience and chuckles from Kanye himself.
Those who weren’t lucky enough to attend had the chance to tune in remotely, as the opera was live-streamed on TIDAL.
Check out the best Twitter reactions from Kanye West’s Nebuchadnezzar opera below.
Bro Kanye just did a whole opera that was narrated by him READING THE BOOK OF DANIEL. I’m sorry but if that’s not him being enough christian for you to believe his conversion is real, idk what to tell you. Dope music and visuals too. #nebuchadnezzar
— LAURA (@ThtLauraPerson) November 25, 2019
NAME ONE OTHER ARTIST THAT CAN NARRATE AN OPERA & TWEET AT THE
— CJ (@chadjustin98) November 25, 2019
Man love the opera or hate it. Literally no one in Hip Hop is doing art like this. Absolutely no one. This is why we love Kanye in the first place. This ain’t my cup of tea but wow this is impressive. #Nebuchadnezzar
— Oscar (@oscararriaga76) November 25, 2019
— Salted Caramel Ice Cream (@ninjaponi) November 25, 2019
Kanye’s #Nebuchadnezzar was pretty cool. More of a ~produced and narrated by Kanye~ performance done by his Sunday Service Choir and interpretive dancers. Groundbreaking tho for a pop icon to unabashedly read Biblical Scripture to a modern audience. I’m on board. Praise Jesus pic.twitter.com/qDMftD5sPX
— shahan garo (@GaroShahan) November 25, 2019