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'u' — the First Authentic Klingon Opera On Earth

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the only-a-filthy-targ-would-miss-it dept.

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j0ris writes "The Klingon are passionate opera-lovers, but little is known about their highly evolved form of musical expression. Floris Schonfeld is the initiator and director of 'u', the first authentic Klingon opera on earth. He studied Klingon music theory for over a year, and together with several experts developed various indigenous Klingon instruments. The Terran Klingon Research Ensemble has been set up to further develop a coherent Klingon musical practice amongst human musicians. 'u' premieres on September 9 in The Hague, Netherlands. An invitation by Klingon language expert Marc Okrand has been sent to Kronos, home planet of the Klingons, via radio telescope."

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Wow (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33227764)

Get.A.Life.Seriously.

Re:Wow (5, Insightful)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227848)

It must be terrible for you to suffer your inferiors who don't enjoy your specific type of nonproductive entertainment, and instead have discovered their own types of nonproductive entertainment that are unlike your own obviously superior one.

Re:Wow (4, Interesting)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228010)

As a Trekkie* myself, and one who frequently defends other Trekkies when they are needlessly persecuted, I have to say I agree with the AC. This level of theater (I really, really hope it's just theater) reaches a pure creepiness. Roddenberry was a very talented, imaginative, and even insightful person, but he was not a prophet divinely revealing truths about the universe. There are no Klingons orbiting Arcturus. That was just a fiction. F-I-C-T-I-O-N. It doesn't matter how good that fiction is, to treat it like it is real is retarded. Klingon is an invented language, a clever one indeed actually designed to buck as many linguistic norms as possible, but to think that some language that was invented for a TV show is actually spoken by extraterrestrial life forms is irredeemably stupid, even as an act.

Star Trek is awesome. I have a bookcase, not a book shelf, a bookcase full of nothing but Star Trek novels, analysis, and reference books. That doesn't make it real, and treating it like it is real is the height of idiocy. These people are twits.

*(Yes, that's Trekkie, not Trekker. Anybody who thinks they are exposing me or correcting me somehow can go fuck themselves. Trekker was coined by a bunch of whiny butt hurt people whose self-esteem was crushed by William Shatner on SNL because they had no sense of humor and couldn't laugh at themselves.)

Re:Wow (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33228062)

I think you are supposed to watch the video clip, like you would watch any star trek episode. If they don't perform this in a genuine way, it becomes a joke to watch, rather than something that sparks the imagination. I do hope that the people are just doing the theater without holding the expressed views as actual belief. If so, they did an excellent job, it was inspiring to watch. Although I couldn't help but laugh at some parts.

Re:Wow (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228372)

If they're trying to do this "in universe" then they have to trace it to part of the canon. They have to say 'I know there are Klingons around Arcturus because of x, y, and z that tie into the Star Trek canon.' Because "in universe" nobody on Earth knows Klingons exist until roughly 2151. Unless this is done, the only logical conclusion is that the person is acting in the real world, wherein he can only know of Klingons from Star Trek fiction, whereby if he actually believes that is real, he is an idiot.

Re:Wow (5, Insightful)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228650)

If they're trying to do this "in universe" then they have to trace it to part of the canon.

Says who? "Canon" is itself a work of fiction. You yourself stated this was all fiction and no one should take it seriously, now you're stating that the equally-fictional canon is some sacrosanct concept that should be taken seriously? It's all made up. I'm happy for you that you enjoy it, and Paramount's accounting department is probably even happier. But you've already bought all the books, and they are looking for more people willing to part with their money.

I think the people who own the copyrights and trademarks to the various aspects of the Star Trek universe can pretty much do whatever they want with it. As long as these jamokes pay their licensing fees to Paramount, it's all good, people will have a little fun, and money will be made. That's entertainment.

Actually, the thought just occurred to me that this all could have happened in the new Universe that JJ Abrams created with the whole "red matter"/Universe split/"nanner-nanner-nanner canon does not apply to me any more!" thing in the latest movie. In THAT canon, none of your resource materials apply, so you'd better go get yourself a new bookshelf if you want to continue following "the universe", because it's all changed now.

Or you can just sit back and enjoy the entertainment in all of its fun forms, choosing the ones you like the best, and ignoring the others.

Re:Wow (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228690)

Red matter gives me a headache...

Re:Wow (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228842)

It's quite simple.

There was, until recently, one "canon". Every time a movie came out, the plot invariably ran afoul of the previous fiction base, and trekkie/ers sent forth a shitstorm of "canon busts" where the math didn't add up on transit times between planets, or the Vulcan council didn't vote by majority, or the batleth that so-and-so carried wasn't truly regulation because it had one too many rope wraps around the handle, or whatever. All good fun to read, but I think Paramount was getting annoyed, and JJ Abrams isn't really known for liking to be painted into corners on his plots.

Enter the latest movie.

Red Matter was a brilliant plot device. It basically said that anything that happens in any future Trek movies is based on a universe that split sometime before Kirk got onboard the Enterprise. No canon materials that were written that refer to events or "facts" after that point are valid any more.

Abrams is free to write his own Roddenberry-esque universe that includes different physical laws, different events, different characters, and of course lots of lens flare.

Re:Wow (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229334)

Red Matter was a brilliant plot device. It basically said that anything that happens in any future Trek movies is based on a universe that split sometime before Kirk got onboard the Enterprise. No canon materials that were written that refer to events or "facts" after that point are valid any more.

It may be a brilliant plot device, but it's a stupid name. Couldn't he have come up with some better technobabble?

Re:Wow (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 3 years ago | (#33231324)

To be honest, I don't see it so much as "I couldn't think of a better name for this mysterious substance that exists solely as a plot device" but rather "Look, it's magic stuff. You don't care what it's called and neither do I. It doesn't make any difference. The SFX is red so we'll call it 'Red Matter' and not get our pocket protectors in a bunch worrying about pointless details."

To which I said, "Sounds good to me" Star Trek physics has gotten pretty silly in the past 15 years or so, and frankly I just don't care about it any more. As long as they don't use made-up physics to pull a "deus ex machina" more than 2 out of every 3 episodes or movie acts, I just don't care any more.

Red Matter? Whatever. Let's see some more cool spaceships.

Re:Wow (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228914)

In all your blather about buying, selling, ownership etc. you failed to put forward any even plausible reason why a random douchebag in some badly affected 'character' in a fan film (if that's how we're supposed to see it) knows about Klingons. That's why it's stupid, that's why it fails from an 'in universe' perspective. If there is no backstory, no 'why' or 'how', then it can only be causally linked to real life and Star Trek as exactly what you keeping harping that it is, a commercial franchise, which completely deflates any dramatic potential from what already is a poorly executed and awkward performance.

(Even if the 'universe reset' applies, that still requires an explanation in that framework. Regardless of where you go with it, there was no reference to any explanatory background, hence no 'in universe' credibility. Even if this would pretend to be another 'universe reset' they still need a background in the framework that they would presume to make up.)

Re:Wow (1)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229016)

You had to bring up that hack! It makes me sick to see what that d-bag did. Berman's interpretation might not have had mass-audience appeal but at least he made an honest effort at having a consistent, reasonably plausible universe that honored Roddenberry's vision. Red-matter indeed! The only thing Star Trek about that film was the ship's name.

Re:Wow (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229668)

The only thing Star Trek about that film was the ship's name.

Which is exactly the point.

Abrams may or may not still honor Rodenberry's vision, that's still to be determined because the only thing he's done so far is divest himself of the Roddenberry/Berman Trek Universe. He may yet create a consistent and reasonably plausible universe because all he's done so far is make up a plot device that he can make consistent with his universe, and parallel universes are largely a scientific unknown at this point.

He'll surely build something inconsistent with the OLD universe, but his stories are not told in that one.

It's the most masterful "oh-shit-gotta-dig-myself-out-of-this-hole" stroke since they had the sniveling younger character wake up and realize that his pappy, name of "JR", being shot was a dream on that evening soap opera "Dallas". Never watched the show, but I admired the audacity of that stunt.

Re:Wow (1)

haydensdaddy (1719524) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229982)

Berman's interpretation ... made an honest effort at having a consistent, reasonably plausible universe that honored Roddenberry's vision.

Hogwash. The moment DS9 and Voyager came on the air, Berman had veered away from Roddenberry's vision. The very idea of the Maquis, while making the series more interesting, was expressly against Roddenberry's vision for a peaceful, we-all-get-along future. Berman was selling a series just the same as Abrams is selling movies. At least Abrams found a plot device that allowed him to tell an interesting story in his own way without destroying Roddenberry's vision. Berman can't say the same.

Re:Wow (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228982)

Just had a thought...

In "Star Trek: Saving The Whales", a Klingon ship was used to come back and retrieve the whales, right?

The same movie in which Scotty handed transparent aluminum over to the firm that has yet to actually announce it, right (simply demonstrates that some canon already is in disagreement with reality, but I digress).

So, here's your canon hook. There were Klingons on board that ship that Kirk and co failed to notice. They exited the ship on Earth while the camera wasn't pointed at it, took on human disguises, went to the Netherlands, and are now preparing to perform an opera.

Happy? :)

Re:Wow (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229066)

Even assuming that shipboard sensors wouldn't have found them or were sabotaged not to find them, and that they managed to feed themselves and escape, even given all of that, it would still be a hook that would have to be discussed by Marc and co. explicitly in order to even have a claim on the suspension of disbelief in favor of the framework of the greater Star Trek universe.

Re:Wow (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228406)

So writing an opera based on the fictional Klingons and asking people to pretend they are real in marketing materials is somehow wrong compared to writing movies based on them and asking people to pretend they are real by purchasing bookshelves of reference materials?

They are different forms of expression inspired by Roddenberry's Star Trek universe. Obviously marketed to a different market segment than the one you are in. Gotta keep milking that there cash cow, and you've bought all the books, so they are moving on to a different audience who might be willing to part with cash. One form of entertainment is not intrinsically better than the other. They are all good fun.

Look, I'm not at all criticizing your fandom. If you enjoy your shelf of reference books, great! But there are other forms of expression that others enjoy, and there's money to be made on them. And in the end, the authors and performers are being paid to entertain, and are trying to find interesting new sources of material.

Operas are written all the time based on Norse mythologies, modern fiction, various religions, and whatever sources the authors think might be interested. Often, the mythos built up around the opera asks the audience to accept the stories as true in order to enjoy the experience. I don't understand how this is different. Klingons, Valkyries, Spirits, or a romanticized version of Vikings, they're all made-up characters that are used as inspirations for opera.

Take the paragraph above and replace "Opera" with "Movie" or "Book" or "TV Series" and it'll read pretty much the same.

Re:Wow (2, Interesting)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228578)

Did I once criticize the opera? No. I criticized some douchebag acting like going to a radio telescope to send a "Klingon" message to Arcturus meant something. If it weren't an act, it would be literally insane. Even as an act it was stupid. It was thematically incongruent, unsourced, poorly executed, awkward, etc. It was a bad act at a minimum and I criticized that. I don't care one whit about marketing or who makes what money off of what. As a fan of Star Trek I was beyond underwhelmed by this poorly executed stunt which failed to capture any of the spirit of the universe or fit into its canon.

Re:Wow (2, Interesting)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228746)

Bet it'll put some paid asses in seats, though. The folks who go to this opera aren't going to get all het up about a funny publicity stunt. Personally, I think it's a hilarious touch, and if you want to compare dick sizes my Trek reference materials and books take up way more than a bookshelf.

PS: "some douchebag"'s name is Marc Okrand. If your shelf of reference materials is filed alphabetically, you might want to look up that name sometime. I think he's earned the right to cash in on a little of the mythos he was instrumental in inventing.

Re:Wow (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229038)

I stated not, once, but twice, and in italics, that is a bookcase, not a bookshelf. With such poor comprehension and attention to detail, it is no wonder you are so easily dismissive of the frameworks necessary to make a successful reference.

And I don't think that Marc Okrand, regardless of inventing Klingon, has any more right to inflict poor execution of things outside of his realm of expertise, such as acting, as he clearly sucks at it. I wouldn't take bad acting and poor execution from Matt Jeffries just because he designed the Enterprise.

Re:Wow (3, Insightful)

gknoy (899301) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229636)

It doesn't matter how good that fiction is, to treat it like it is real is retarded. Klingon is an invented language, a clever one indeed actually designed to buck as many linguistic norms as possible, but to think that some language that was invented for a TV show is actually spoken by extraterrestrial life forms is irredeemably stupid, even as an act.

I just see this as elaborate roleplay -- just as some people are giant Star Wars nerds (/wave) and will talk about the ethical ramifications of the Force, or some Star Trek nerds might speculate on how an economy like that depicted on Star Trek might work (or might fail). They don't need to believe it is real to do this. (Granted, some crackpots might really believe it's real. Many would consider them crazy. OTOH, millions of people believe in invisible all-powerful beings that dictate how we should act.)

An opera is a story, and doesn't need to be about Real People. It could be an opera about magical hamsters, and if the plot and music were good, it could be good. (OK ... magical hamsters? I admit that's pushing it.) The fact is, the (fictional) Klingon culture is one with a rich (imagined) heritage, and has stories and lore and heroes in it which could make potent entertainment.

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.

I would love to see a hero's journey played out with Klingon characters, exploring Klingon warrior culture, etc -- just as I love watching Kurosawa's films, or watching Lord of the Rings, or playing video games with plots. The libretto of this opera sounds like it could be awesome. Granted, it's quite possible this was all just someone trolling for attention, and the opera (if it exists) will suck, but the possibility of an opera about Kahless would be frickin' awesome. It would be like someone making an opera about the formation of the Rings of Power, and Sauron's rise to power.

Can you imagine a big-budget movie of such a plot? (The story of Kahless, that is.) It would have betrayal, murder, sex, love, regained honor, brutal tyrants, vengeance, and triumph. No wonder Klingons like Hamlet.

Re:Wow (1)

twmcneil (942300) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229796)

(Holds Tribble near ElecticTurtle)

"Eeeeee"

"Why, Mr. ElectricTurtle, they don't seem to like you!"

Re:Wow (1)

kahless62003 (1372913) | more than 3 years ago | (#33231288)

(Holds Tribble near ElecticTurtle)

yIH!

"Eeeeee"

"Why, Mr. ElectricTurtle, they don't seem to like you!"

There fixed it for you :)

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33230062)

It doesn't matter how good that fiction is, to treat it like it is real is retarded.

Tell that to the fans of these [wikipedia.org] shows.

Re:Wow (1)

Bocaj (84920) | more than 3 years ago | (#33230064)

While you make a very coherent post ElectricTurtle, it's fundamental assumption is wrong. This opera, the radio transmission and even the /. post itself fall under the same umbrella of entertainment. It's all just fiction for fun. It looks "real" because the popular fiction of the times is reality fiction. To take a post on Slashdot seriously is true folly!

Re:Wow (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 3 years ago | (#33230490)

It seems like an interesting study in meta-creation, meaning in order to create from a fictional work you have to make the fiction that exists into the rule boundaries for your work to be considered part of the same fictional narrative.

Re:Wow (3, Insightful)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227882)

Translation: get a jersey, hat, pennant, and bumper sticker with the logo of your local sports team. Wear all of the aforementioned items and glue your ass to a recliner for the next several hours while drinking beer, eating chips and yelling at the little men inside the TV like a normal male because that is clearly a healthier hobby.

Re:Wow (0, Offtopic)

Robert Zenz (1680268) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227992)

I wonder if you're really an unregistered user or just a coward...anyway, they do have a life, as you can see. And I bet it is way more successful then yours.

Re:Wow (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33228986)

STFU you pathetic cunt. Fucking fag.

Klingon opera (4, Funny)

Jurily (900488) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227770)

Does it sound like beating someone to death with something large and heavy?

Re:Klingon opera (3, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227942)

Yes. And they serve food that isn't cooked properly and stands a decent chance of killing you. In other words, this is pretty much a normal rock concert except the performers would never bite the heads off a live bat - there's no honor in it.

Re:opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33227956)

Of course it does.

Re:Klingon opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33228222)

That's the sound of somebody flogging a dead horse...

Re:Klingon opera (3, Funny)

realsilly (186931) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228352)

The last line of the opera is "Today is a Good day to Die" sung in harmony with those that will do battle before they kill each other.

Uh huh (5, Insightful)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227788)

The Klingon are passionate opera-lovers, but little is known about their highly evolved form of musical expression.

I imagine so, what with them being fictional and all.

Re:Uh huh (4, Funny)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227802)

Personally, I loved the phrase "Authentic Klingon Opera". Isn't that similar to "Genuine Imitation Leather"?

Re:Uh huh (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33228556)

No, it's similar to "Genuine Nerf [wikia.com] Leather"

Re:Uh huh (2)

arth1 (260657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229634)

Personally, I loved the phrase "Authentic Klingon Opera". Isn't that similar to "Genuine Imitation Leather"?

No. Leather exists, while Klingons only exist in our thoughts. That makes everything authentic.

It's more like the equivalent of "Authentic Biblical Dramatization", and there is no shortage of those.

Re:Uh huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33227908)

Thanks for the heads up, none of us caught that.

Re:Uh huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33228002)

Did you know that the inability to detect irony and sarcasm are one of the tell-tale signs of aspergers?

Klingons in the Netherlands? Someone call Wilders! (1)

Ardeaem (625311) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227918)

Has Geert Wilders made a press release about how the Klingons are trying to undermine human culture with their evil traditions yet?

Re:Klingons in the Netherlands? Someone call Wilde (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227990)

Sadly, the Klingons probably will not be in attendance. The invitation was sent by radio-telescope, which suffers from a speed-of-light limitation.

Rest assured, when it arrives, the Klingons will be mighty peeved at our lack of courtesy in neglecting to send it via subspace, and will come and wipe us out. Our only hope is to hold an encore performance upon their arrival and to do a really good job. Then they might allow us to die with honor, as equals, in the field of battle.

Creepy (0, Troll)

CHK6 (583097) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227970)

This is so sad at so many levels. I can only believe that Furries and Klingons shared the same ancestral mutated retard gene in some form or fashion. I think it's ironic that the fantasy characters these poor poor people imitate, that the characters would laugh at humans playing dress up and make believe. Transspecies want to be. Creepy.

Re:Creepy (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228262)

Dont take life so BLEEDING SERISULY!

These trekkies are fully aware of the realities of the universe, but despite that they want to create a little "MAGIC"!

  Furries on the other hand are sick SICK people that take themselves to seriusly and actually has a persecuation complex. .....I HATE FURRIES! They are the chaos spawn of nurggle!

Re:Creepy (1)

Gleapsite (713682) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228386)

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms;
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin'd,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

“I don't mind what language an opera is sung (5, Interesting)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 3 years ago | (#33227978)

“I don't mind what language an opera is sung in, so long as it is a language I don't understand.” - Sir Edward Appleton, noted physicist.

.

NOT authentic (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33228030)

An authentic Klingon opera ends with the cast killing off every member of the audience.

Re:NOT authentic (1)

RabbitWho (1805112) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229568)

That's a bit much, but someone is supposed to die at the end of a Klingon opera.. so yeah.. it's not remotely authentic.

I wish Klingons spoke old English, since they're so like the anglo saxons. Imagine if all this energy was going into bringing that back!

Will They Accept The Invitation...? (1)

bagsta (1562275) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228054)

An invitation by Klingon language expert Marc Okrand has been sent to Kronos, home planet of the Klingons, via radio telescope.

Just waiting if they are going to accept or not

And are the Kronos Quartet playing orchestra? (1)

billstewart (78916) | more than 3 years ago | (#33230860)

They usually do stuff that's more delicate than Klingon opera, but with a couple of extra percussion players they should be up for the job.

Off Broadway (1)

BigSes (1623417) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228172)

You would think something like this would have been done as an off Broadway thing a long time ago. Judging by some of the stuff (re: crap) that has been produced over the years, this has just as much, if not more, legitimacy. I think it would do just fine in ticket sales.

Really now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33228208)

There certainly are people out there with a lot of time on their hands...

Re:Really now? (3, Insightful)

gorzek (647352) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228464)

Just like anyone who writes opera, or music, or books, or does anything remotely creative, huh?

Re:Really now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33228896)

Where writing an opera is concerned, yes, I believe that having a lot of time on one's hands is a requisite. Especially if you're presenting it to a group who's likely to rip you to shreds if the thread count on the costumes is wrong.

Can I get a half-price ticket? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33228642)

For my targ?

Is it like German opera? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33228684)

"Too long and too loud."

Evelyn Waugh replied, when asked about his experience during the Battle of Crete, during WWII.

ut oh (1)

hyperion2010 (1587241) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228730)

I hope they don't send their music critics or else we wont be seeing very many more productions like this. How do you think their opera got so good? Natural selection.

Busted! (1)

meekg (30651) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228864)

Totally alien language, yet a question ("When will it happen?") is indicated by intonation, and one identical to English at that? What are the odds?

Instead, how about if a question is indicated by a gentle squeezing of the inner butt muscles, followed by rapid blinking, a slight tilt of the head in the direction of the sun, and an excretion of Corduroy smelling gel from the small pores of the middle armpit?

Yeeesh.

"Indigenous Klingon instruments" (2, Insightful)

dangitman (862676) | more than 3 years ago | (#33228990)

I'm curious as to how there are "indigenous Klingon instruments" in this, when there's the small fact that KLINGONS AREN'T REAL.

Nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33229034)

Because I recently ordered a copy of the TNG Technical Manual, I've been a little worried that I'd become a serious Star Trek nerd. No longer.

Intriguing (2, Insightful)

Araneas (175181) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229042)

So it begins. A group of fans takes some fictional, but well grounded, movie dialogue, expands that out into a language. The language gets tacked onto a particular Con culture and both grow with some vigour. With this opera, we are seeing the creation of a fine arts and by extension, philosophy. A hundred years from now when we have followed Hawking's command to get off the planet to survive, will humankind see Klingon enclaves on Mars? Are we in fact creating our own antagonists? Add a little religiosity to the mix and a future Terran space navy could find itself fighting D7s manned by biologically Human but culturally Klingon beings. Gene would be happy he got the appearance right the first time. Or perhaps this is what he was getting at all along - we are Klingons.

Re:Intriguing (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 3 years ago | (#33230204)

Or perhaps this is what he was getting at all along - we are Klingons.

No, different groups of humans are different races from Star Trek.

For instance, Americans are Ferengi, with their credo "profit ueber alles".

Subspace? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33229166)

Hope that was a subspace dish or they're going to get the message about 37 years too late.

I haven't used (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33229346)

I haven't used opera for a while - How does it compare to Firefox these days.
Still its cool that they have a Klingon translation

Great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33229448)

An armada has been dispatched to attend the "battle opera". Careful what you ask for.

Well... (2, Funny)

Dzimas (547818) | more than 3 years ago | (#33229500)

I'd prefer a Cylon opera. The cylons could give away the model of your choice with each ticket. Of course, the world would only have days to live, but at least thousands of geeks would get to spend those days with Lucy Lawless. ;)

Radio telescopes transmission (1)

belthize (990217) | more than 3 years ago | (#33230378)

 

An invitation by Klingon language expert Marc Okrand has been sent to Kronos, home planet of the Klingons, via radio telescope.

I'm willing to suspend belief as to whether Klingons exist, Kronos exists or whether anyone has reproduced authentic Klingon instruments but damn it I will not buy into sending signals via radio telescope. They're not transmitters.

Dear Slashdotters, Thank you for your comments (5, Interesting)

Floris Schnfeld (1877236) | more than 3 years ago | (#33230442)

Dear Slashdotters, Thank you for your comments and your interest in our endeavors. My name is Floris Schönfeld and I am the initiator of the project 'u' (a.k.a the douchebag in the video.) I would like to stress that the submitted video is a documentary a.i. everything you see in the video really happened. We realize that the chances of receiving some genuine Klingon guests is slim, but as I said in the video we hope to see them at the premiere. To ensure the authenticity of our attempt at reaching the home planet we worked with Star Trek science advisors Andre Bormanis and Michael Okuda. For more information on the attempted contacting and the rest of the project please see http://www.u-theopera.org/ [u-theopera.org] If you have any other questions concerning the opera please let me know. Best regards, Floris Schönfeld

Anonymous is Awesome, not Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33230712)

Really. Those people who live with a serious face and keep saying "HURR DURR KLINGONS DON'T EXIST HERP DERP IMAGINATION DURRRRR" should really die in a REAL fire. Can't stand some sense of humour? Kill yourself.

Homeworld is NOT "Kronos" (1)

Drasil (580067) | more than 3 years ago | (#33230718)

I'm not a Trekkie, although I am a bit of a sci-fi buff. The Klingon homeworld is called Qo'noS. This is Slashdot, if we can't get this stuff right here then something is very wrong.

I have to applaud... (1)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 3 years ago | (#33230856)

the dedication of ST Fans who would go to all this bother to produce a fakeumentary to get advertising, and who have produced a Klingon Opera. The fans of the Klingon language are very persistent and devoted, if perhaps a bit odd to say the least. Its entirely silly to me of course, but to each their own.

If you want more:

'U' recreating the primal sound of Klingon Opera:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFNwKNyCnSU [youtube.com]

Scene 3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6HBlvu3AsM [youtube.com]

Inter Planetary Court of Justice (1)

Teun (17872) | more than 3 years ago | (#33231244)

This is a thinly veiled ploy to get the Klingons arrested and before the Inter Planetary Court of Justice in The Hague.

Depending on who's side you are it's brilliant or disgusting.

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