DaHjaj ‘oH Qaq jaj vaD bI’reS – Say What?

I couldn’t make this up if I tried…

THE HAGUE | Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:13am EDT

DaHjaj ‘oH Qaq jaj vaD bI’reS.  If you can’t read the title, consider yourself  among the fortunate.  It’s  Klingon for “Today is a good day for opera”.

The invented language, spoken first by the fictional aliens of the “Star Trek” universe and later embraced by humans worldwide, is now being put to use in an opera making its debut on Friday in the Dutch city of The Hague.

Opera is a cornerstone of the Klingon culture that is a major part of the “Star Trek” canon, which led to the creation of the show “U” (which means universe or universal).

“The Klingon are known as passionate opera lovers but at the same time very little was known about Klingon opera here so as far as I was concerned that was a very interesting challenge to try and make an authentic, or as authentic something out of that as possible,” creator Floris Schonfeld told Reuters Television.

The 90-minute show tells the story of Kahless the Unforgettable, said to be the first Klingon emperor. Tickets for the show’s three-day run at the Zeebelt Theater, which has just under 100 seats, were still available as of Friday morning.

Audiences at Thursday night’s preview show were impressed.

“It was really well interpreted, the music was really good, and the performance of the actors were fantastic,” Dutch Klingon Erwin Slegers said.

The “real” Klingon people have also been invited to see the show, via a message sent through a radio telescope in April to their home star, Arcturus.

As it will take the message 36 years to reach them, however, they are not expected to make Friday’s debut or performances later this month in Frankfurt.


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