Is it Worf it ? Premiere of first Klingon opera

Today is a good day to, erm, sing. As reported in yesterday’s Guardian and also recently by the BBC, a Dutch company has premiered the first opera entirely in Klingon. Called ‘u,‘ the piece is created by the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble.

Lieutenant Worf
Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam!

The fictional warrior-race from the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek is famed for its guttural, consonant-rich language that sounds as aggressive as its speakers are to behold, as you can hear in a video by the language’s creator, Marc Okrand, which has been sent to the Klingon’s home-planet.

You can view moments from the opera and an interview with key figures involved in the project on the BBC site here.

Whether it can compete with Shakespeare’s famous soliloquy from Hamlet, ‘To be or not to be,’ as it appears in the original Klingon, remains to be seen.

Whatever next: ‘Dancing with Wookies on Ice ?’ I think I need to go and lie down now…

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