First Klingon opera set to launch in the Netherlands

The first authentic Klingon opera on earth will be hosted in the Netherlands at the Zeebelt Theater, The Hague from the 9th to the 12th of September 2010.

The opera, while attracting Star Trek fans from around the world, also invited some honoured guests. On April 18, a radio message was broadcast to the assumed location of Qo’nos, the Klingon home planet, approximately nine light years away.

The Klingon are known as passionate opera-lovers. However very little is known about their highly evolved form of musical expression here on earth.

Floris Schönfeld has managed to lay his hands on some fragments of a masterpiece of the batlh jachlut or Honorable Battle opera.

Its title is ‘u’, which can be translated as ‘universe’ or ‘universal’. It will be the basis for the opera ‘u’, the first complete, authentic Klingon opera here on earth.

“Klingon opera uses the principle of musical combat,” a section of the opera’s website reads. “Beauty in Klingon music comes from the impact of two opposing forces. To quote a well known Klingon proverb qa’ wIje ‘meH masuv or ‘We fight to enrich the spirit.’

“The Klingon orchestra is made up of various indigenous Klingon instruments, some that have never been heard on earth before.”

The opera took three years to write and the project is spearheaded by the KlingonTerranResearchEnsemble, a group that actively researches Klingon culture and historic documents.

The Klingon opera project ‘u’ has been running for about two years now. In this time the KTRE and Floris Schönfeld have given numerous performances and lecture in The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, as well as being invited to the artist-in-residence program of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in New York. The premiere of the opera is planned for September this year on the location of the Celestial Vault, a land art piece by James Turrell in Kijkduin.

‘u’ is a Zeebelt production.

‘u’ was developed in part at the Watermill Center for the Performing Arts in Watermill NY

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