Klingon Opera Premieres In The Hague

MusicTVby LiamK

Star Trek fans who were in desperate need of a Klingon fix but were left unfulfilled by 2009's Trek movie (beyond the cut scenes that were included on the DVD) may be in luck.  If they happen to live in Europe.  Remember the Klingon language that's been kicking around amongst linguistic enthusiasts who are so into Star Trek that they'll study The Klingon Dictionary, become fluent in the language, and translate pre-extisting works into said language?  The past week has seen the premiere of the first Klingon opera, according to NPR.

"It's called, 'u,' and it premieres tonight (September 9) at the Zeebelt Theater in The Hague, here on Earth (in Holland). It will also be presented at the Qetlop in Farnsberg, Germany exclusively for the Klingons of the Khemorex Klinzhai Fleet. If your iCal is synced to the home planet Qo'noS, these dates apparently coincide with the end of the summer solstice in the year Kahless 846.

...The groundbreaking work, which translates to "universe" or "universal," is the first authentic Klingon opera to be performed on the planet Earth. It's produced by the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble (KTRE), a Dutch group.

...Very few examples of Klingon opera survive, save a handful of snippets in  The Next Generation and  Deep Space Nine episodes of  Star Trek. So KTRE's artistic Director Floris Schoenfeld has undertaken careful archival research. In particular, he studied an ancient musical treatise called the  paq'jachchcu, or "book of the perfect scream." 'u' is basically a recreation of Klingon opera based on principles of musical combat laid out in this rare manuscript. The epic story retells the legend of Kahless the Unforgettable, the first Klingon emperor."

Wish I could go. If any readers here happen to be fortunate to be present at one of these performances, tell us all about it in the comments below.  In the meantime, the rest of us can get our Klingon... on... (okay, I swear I'll never ever say that again) by playing on the wikipedia page on the language or on this Klingon language wiki site.

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