Bringing “u” To The U.S.

Klingon TheOpera“u” the Klingon opera has been performed in Europe since 2010. Now the creative team is drumming up interest in a 2015 U.S. tour via its website and Facebook.

The libretto of “u” is taken from the story of Kahless the unforgettable.

Betrayed by his brother and witness to his father’s brutal slaying, Kahless is pitted against his bitter enemy the mighty tyrant Molor. To regain his honor he must travel into the underworld, create the first Bat’leth, be united with his true love the lady Lukara and fight many epic battles.

“u” was composed by Eef van Breen to a libretto by Kees Ligtelijn and Marc Okrand (the leading Klingon linguist) under the artistic direction of Floris Schönfeld. The music is performed on “indigenous Klingon instruments.”

Klingon instruments used in the opera "u".

Klingon instruments used in the opera “u”.

Here’s a clip.

[Thanks to Francis Hamit for the story.]


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3 thoughts on “Bringing “u” To The U.S.

  1. As if opera weren’t unpopular enough among the general public. You have to give them marks for sheer determination, though.

  2. A real Space Opera. There are others. Aniara (1959) by K-B Blomdahl, set aboard a spaceship, is probably the best known. Michael Tippet’s New Year (1989) also has a spaceship in it. Leoš Janá?ek’s The Makropoulos Case (1926) is based on a play by Karel ?apek, the same man who gave us the word “robot”. There is even one by Joseph Haydn: Il mondo della luna [The World of the Moon] (1777)!

  3. While I like STTNG, and a few other Star Trek incarnations, I’ll given this one a pass. As I did with the Star Wars Shakespear volumes, and various other (what I consider) absurdities.

    I will note that some people just love this stuff. Amd I agree with Taral, give them some consideration for their effort.

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