In the realm of fantasy and science fiction, Star Trek fans are justly recognized for their unwavering, some would say obsessive, fandom. The latest manifestation of this obsession? An opera written and performed entirely in Klingon.
Why not? It’s not like anyone most people can understand the words in a normal opera, anyway.
The opera, called “u,” which apparently translates to “universal,” just finished a run at the Zeebelt theater in the Hague, and will be performed next in Germany on September 25 for a group of wannabe Klingons.
According to the “u” website, the opera was written based on “some fragments of a masterpiece of the batlh jachlut or Honorable Battle opera” with the help of Marc Okrand, the creator of the Klingon language.
Here’s a brief plot summary, again from the “u” website.
“The libretto of ‘u’ is based on the epos 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.”
Sounds like geek catnip to me.
Obviously, it would be rude to perform a Klingon opera without inviting actual Klingons (and believe me, you don’t want to offend them). So, the team behind the opera used the CAMRAS telescope at Dwingeloo in the Netherlands to broadcast a message (in Klingon, of course) to the Klingon home planet of Qo’noS. Or at least to where that planet would be if it actually existed. Here’s hoping that if there is intelligent life out there, they haven’t developed a “universal translator” yet-otherwise, they’re going to think we earthlings are completely nuts!