Now Kanye West is Dropping a ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ Opera at the Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West’s transition from secular music to gospel this year had old fans questioning his musical path, but he’s also gained new ones. In the midst of the switch-up which has included his Sunday Service gatherings, touring, merchandise, and a new album, he’s maintained his quirky creative drive and brand of arrogance that’s he known for. What else is new?

Well, there’s plenty more that’s new on the way from West, and one project is that of an opera.

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West announces launch of ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ opera

West took to Twitter on Nov. 17 to tell his followers that a “Kanye West Opera” is happening and will be directed by Vanessa Beecroft. Beecroft is a Los Angeles-based performance artist who hails from Italy and is a frequent collaborator of West’s. He’s looked to her expertise when it came time to plan his wedding, for his videos, and for art in general.

The golden announcement for “Nebuchadnezzar” does not have a date, but Deadline reports the show will go on at the Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 24 and tickets go on sale today. The event has been officially added to the roster and will be open to the general public.

Attendees can expect to hear music from West’s Sunday Service as well as from other artists in the show.

Who was Nebuchadnezzar and why did Kanye West single him out?

The biblical version of Nebuchadnezzar appeared in the Old Testament as a powerful Babylonian king who was known for his opulence, arrogance, and pride. He had an affinity for gold and built a lavish palace and other spectacles around his city while spreading his empire. In Christian lore, it’s said that the king conquered Jerusalem and one of his captives was Daniel, whom he tapped to interpret his dreams. Biblical stories point to him having a “madness” for seven years.

The historical Nebuchadnezzar II was known as a king and military strategist seeking to expand Babylonian territories and went to war with Egypt. He worshipped old Babylonian deities such as Marduk, and erected monuments to them. He’s credited for building the Hanging Gardens, one of the wonders of the world.

Perhaps West sees a connection between himself and the stories told about Nebuchadnezzar, but fans have pointed out that his opera invitation features an image of Darius the Great, a Persian king.

Another Kanye West album is on the way too

Don’t expect West to take a break from entertainment anytime soon, because another musical project is slated to arrive in December. During his interview with Zane Lowe, West said he plans to release another album around Christmas called Jesus is Born. This follows the album and IMAX film, Jesus is King, which was pushed back several times due to various reasons.

As with his appearance at Joel Osteen’s megachurch, West’s next few events are sure to attract interest and media attention. During his service with Osteen, he stated that he’s “the greatest entertainer that God has ever created” but added the “only superstar is Jesus.” Where his Nebuchadnezzar opera will go is anyone’s guess.