Kanye West’s first-ever opera “Nebuchadnezzar” didn’t go exactly as planned.
After starting over two hours late — the hour-long gospel performance was scheduled to start a 4 p.m., but it didn’t start until 6:14, USA Today reports — not everyone in the Hollywood Bowl stuck around for the Sunday night (November 24) show. However, the late start time wasn’t the only issue.
In addition to “rough acoustics,” the opera, which was also streamed online, didn’t sell out nor was it met with great reviews. The Los Angeles Times called it “Nebuchadsnoozer” and the New York Times said it “wasn’t really an opera, and it wasn’t really good.”
For those who stuck around to see the opera, which was under the artistic direction of Italian contemporary performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, they detailed how “Ye narrated the performance from his annotated Book of Daniel from the sidelines, only making an appearance on stage for the final bow,” NY Post reports. Ye also reportedly “bellowed and moaned” throughout the opera to show Nebuchadnezzar’s struggle.
As for the star of the opera, Sheck Wes was given the lead role playing King Nebuchadnezzar. It also featured music from Kanye’s Sunday Service choir, Peter Collins and Infinities Song.
USA Today reported that tickets for Sunday’s show were available to the general public on Monday, but by Thursday tickets that were originally priced at $150 were going for $60. And by Sunday afternoon, “there were still many open seats available for $20.”
As Ye fans know, the recently converted Christian rapper announced that he would present “A Kanye West Opera” at the Hollywood Bowl last week. Ye shared the “invite artwork,” an etched golden slab with an image of the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, along with a few details about the show to Twitter, providing no other information.
Invite artwork by Nick Knight pic.twitter.com/U7IBqe1Gxk
— ye (@kanyewest) November 17, 2019
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