WATCH: Live Performances of Klingon Opera

Tailyn Jones 7, shows her Klingon costume with her parents Joan and Brett during the Comic-Con Convention

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Klingons are one of the most familiar non-human species in the Star Trek universe. Of the nine television series, eight have featured storylines about the Klingons. A few of those shows feature a Klingon character as part of the ship’s bridge crew and include deep dives into Klingon politics and culture.

So far, Picard is the only show to omit the Klingons as a major presence. However, showrunner Alex Kurtzman has said Klingons could make an appearance in season two, according to CinemaBlend.

Since Klingons appear so often in the Star Trek universe, they’re one of the non-human species that fans know the most about. In fact, Klingon culture, language, and art have made their way into the real world thanks to fans who truly love these fictional beings. Cosplayers bring Klingons to life at conventions, people take classes to learn to speak Klingon, and the truly devoted fans have even recreated the height of Klingon artistic endeavors, Klingon Opera.


Live Klingon Opera Performances


Raks Geek: Klingon Bellydance + Il Troubadore Klingon Music ProjectPerformed at the Viaduct Theatre in Chicago as part of Raks Geek: Geek + Bellydance + Fire: raksgeek.com Dancer: Deserae Le Roux Music: Il Troubadore Klingon Music Project Video by Bob Nicholas2012-08-22T10:04:11Z

Raks Geek is a troupe of dancers, singers, and fire spinners that add a geeky twist to all their performances. Their YouTube channel includes videos of their truly unique shows which include a belly dancing Chewbacca, a fire spinning Wonder Woman, a hooping Seven of Nine, and, of course, Klingon opera.

In the video above three cosplayers in full Klingon regalia, prosthetics, and makeup play their own accompaniment while singing in Klingon as a belly dancer twirls around the stage with traditional Klingon weapons. It’s truly a sight to see.


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The troupe has also created some wonderful and hilarious cross-franchise performances. In the video above, the same group of Klingons performs a Klingon opera while a Wookie belly dancer shows off her moves.


The First True Klingon Opera, ‘u’


Klingon Opera 'u' in Haus der Kulturen der Welt BerlinKomposition: Eef van Breen Libretto: Kees Ligtelijn and Marc Okrand Künstlerische Leitung: Floris Schönfeld Produktion: Theater Zeebelt/ Den Haag Part of the very special opera 'u' by Floris Schönfeld, directly from the netherlands. They tell us the story of Kahless and how he lost his brother and father to the underworld, only to follow and…2013-02-23T10:25:19Z

Though the videos from Raks Geek are delightful performances by talented folks, some, like the members of the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble (KTRE), would argue that they aren’t accurate representations of Klingon opera. For that, fans will need to check out the Dutch theatrical production, ‘u,’ which NPR called the “first ‘authentic’ Klingon opera by Terrans.”

The opera, which is a recreation of the Klingon masterpiece that tells the story of the legendary Khaless, was written by the KTRE with the help of a Klingon language specialist. Marc Okrand, a consultant on Star Trek, worked with the group to painstakingly analyze the clips of Klingon opera that have appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. They also claim to have read the ancient Klingon text paq’jachchcu, which outlines the technicalities of Klingon musical theory. From these references, they created a full-length Klingon opera.

The KTRE spent over a year putting the production together. They then performed the opera seven times at different theaters across Europe, including venues in Holland, Germany, and Croatia. According to its website, the group was planning a US tour in 2015, but it doesn’t appear that the tour ever happened.

The amount of time and energy put into these kinds of performances is a testament to the passion the Star Trek elicits in its fans. They don’t just love Star Trek they want to bring it to life, so they have.


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