Today is a Good Day to Die: First Klingon Opera Debuts

Better brush up on your Klingon if you want to see this new opera by the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble. The Guardian reports:

Tired of the Ring Cycle? How about the Qeb bI’reS? A Dutch company has written, arranged and now premiered what it is calling the first ever Klingon opera, inspired by the fictional species from the Star Trek universe. Replacing Tristan and Isolde with Kahless the Unforgettable, the production features a Klingon story with Klingon lyrics and Klingon singers – or at least “Terrans” in forehead-ridged costumes.

The production is called u, which somehow translates to “universe” or “universal”. Conceived by the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble (KTRE), based in the Hague, the opera premiered at the city’s Zeebelt Theatre on Thursday and will be staged on 25 September in Farnsberg, Germany. These performances apparently coincide with the end of the Klingon summer solstice (in this year of Kahless 846).

According to NPR, “very few examples of Klingon opera survive” and artistic director, Floris Schoenfeld, had to “recreate” – or, er, make up – the civilisation’s primary musical texts. Schoenfeld conceived an “ancient treatise” called the paq’jachchcu, or book of the perfect scream, “basically the theory manuscript of Klingon music”.

Continues at Guardian

22 Comments on "Today is a Good Day to Die: First Klingon Opera Debuts"

  1. William Xavier McGarley | Sep 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm |

    Wow, a Star Trek musical? Leave it to the legacy of the innovative Gene Roddenberry to launch the unlikiliest of combination of psycho-sexual archetypes ever: Gay Leatherboys and Totally Asexual Trekkie Dweebs.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I mean, if the Right Wing can be cool with Dubya’s totally unconvincing “Stonewall Ranger” cowboy schtick, how can I get too worked up about it? (Come on, the guy was born in Connecticut to a Mayflower family and was a Harvard legacy! Let’s not even get into the multiple draft deferrments he got through Daddy . . . )

  2. William Xavier McGarley | Sep 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

    Wow, a Star Trek musical? Leave it to the legacy of the innovative Gene Roddenberry to launch the unlikiliest of combination of psycho-sexual archetypes ever: Gay Leatherboys and Totally Asexual Trekkie Dweebs.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I mean, if the Right Wing can be cool with Dubya’s totally unconvincing “Stonewall Ranger” cowboy schtick, how can I get too worked up about it? (Come on, the guy was born in Connecticut to a Mayflower family and was a Harvard legacy! Let’s not even get into the multiple draft deferrments he got through Daddy . . . )

  3. Anonymous | Sep 13, 2010 at 10:02 pm |

    Immediatly following the show -feast on fresh Gagh and Blood-wine. Ka -plah!

  4. GoodDoktorBad | Sep 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm |

    Immediatly following the show -feast on fresh Gagh and Blood-wine. Ka -plah!

  5. gemmarama | Sep 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm |

    tragic
    trag·ic (trjk)
    adj.
    Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos, from tragos, goat.

  6. gemmarama | Sep 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm |

    tragic
    trag·ic (trjk)
    adj.
    Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos, from tragos, goat.

  7. Tuna Ghost | Sep 14, 2010 at 12:20 am |

    Does anyone else find it strange that the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble is based in the Hauge and NOT Amsterdam? I thought for sure drugs would have to be involved, lots and lots of them

  8. Tuna Ghost | Sep 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm |

    Does anyone else find it strange that the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble is based in the Hauge and NOT Amsterdam? I thought for sure drugs would have to be involved, lots and lots of them

    • Some people in society need drugs in order to escape reality and experience realms of fantasy – then there’s trekkies.

  9. Vox Penii | Sep 14, 2010 at 1:45 am |

    The girls today in society go for extraterrestrial poetry
    So to win their hearts one must quote with ease
    Romulan and Andorian
    One must know Devidian, and believe me, Beau
    Ligonian, also Malon-ho…

    But the poet of them all
    Who will start ’em simply ravin’
    Is the poet people call
    The Bard of Qo’noS

    {Refrain}
    Brush up your Klingon
    Start quoting him now
    Brush up your Klingon
    And the women you will wow!

  10. Vox Penii | Sep 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm |

    The girls today in society go for extraterrestrial poetry
    So to win their hearts one must quote with ease
    Romulan and Andorian
    One must know Devidian, and believe me, Beau
    Ligonian, also Malon-ho…

    But the poet of them all
    Who will start ’em simply ravin’
    Is the poet people call
    The Bard of Qo’noS

    {Refrain}
    Brush up your Klingon
    Start quoting him now
    Brush up your Klingon
    And the women you will wow!

  11. Vox Penii | Sep 14, 2010 at 1:46 am |

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar…

  12. I’d watch it.

  13. I’d watch it.

  14. A Bad Joke | Sep 14, 2010 at 3:34 am |

    Awesome. Leave it to the Dutch to do something strange.

    Oh wait, my family is Dutch~

  15. A Bad Joke | Sep 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm |

    Awesome. Leave it to the Dutch to do something strange.

    Oh wait, my family is Dutch~

    • William Xavier McGarley | Sep 14, 2010 at 11:34 am |

      Be proud of your Dutch heritage. And who knows? With the international ‘identity politics’ movement out there, maybe there’s some free perks. Maybe there’s a treaty out there that allows you to light up a doob on the White House lawn? But I wouldn’t know–I’m Irish American. I just get a free pass for drunken behavior for one day in March.

  16. Anonymous | Sep 14, 2010 at 6:35 am |

    Some people in society need drugs in order to escape reality and experience realms of fantasy – then there’s trekkies.

  17. William Xavier McGarley | Sep 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm |

    Be proud of your Dutch heritage. And who knows? With the international ‘identity politics’ movement out there, maybe there’s some free perks. Maybe there’s a treaty out there that allows you to light up a doob on the White House lawn? But I wouldn’t know–I’m Irish American. I just get a free pass for drunken behavior for one day in March.

  18. Warren Scott Williams | Dec 19, 2010 at 4:09 am |

    God Bless The USA Because We Really Need It

  19. Warren Scott Williams | Dec 19, 2010 at 12:09 am |

    God Bless The USA Because We Really Need It

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