Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Kanye West Gives Lincoln Center an Opera for Christmas

By Nancy Coleman
Kanye West (third from left) takes a bow after performing his opera “Mary” at David Geffen Hall, joined by the director, Vanessa Beecroft (second from left), and members of the cast.Credit...The New York Times
David Geffen Hall was nearly full on Sunday evening for Kanye West’s Mary,” the hip-hop star’s second venture into what he calls opera. But no one there seemed more enthralled with the performance than West himself. Sitting downstage, bathed in golden light, he bopped his head and swayed in his seat as his Sunday Service choir sang his hits and a handful of Christmas classics, all given the full gospel treatment for this 50-minute rendition of the Nativity story. But between the most stirring numbers, it was easy to get confused, caught in the chasm between a classical performance at Lincoln Center and an arena show. Was this a Kanye concert? A traditional opera? [More]
“Mary” is the second recent piece featuring the Sunday Service choir that West has called an opera. The New York Times