Kanye West Brings 'Mary' Opera To NYC


Kanye West ditched the silver paint for the latest stop of his touring opera.

On Sunday (December 22), Mr. West and his gospel choir hit Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall to perform "Mary" for the second time this month, but with a Christmas twist.

For the New York City show, the stage was decked out in plants and props along as Ye's 100-plus choir members sang and told the story of Jesus' birth from the eyes of his mother, TMZ reports. The choir sang a number of songs from Kanye's Jesus is King album and added a special rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy" to the setlist in honor of Christmas.

Unlike his two previous operas, Kanye sat downstage narrating during the performance, while "bathed in golden light," according to the New York Times.

Dave Chappelle, Bradley Cooper and, of course, Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian were among the many stars in attendance.

As fans know, Ye delivered the story of the birth of Jesus for the first time earlier this month in Miami. For the show, which marked his second opera, Mr. West went full-on Silver Surfer (Fantastic 4 reference) painting his entire body silver. (See photos of him in costume HERE, HERE, and HERE)

Presented on a floating barge in Miami's Biscayne Bay on the final day of Art Basel, Ye and his more than 100 similarly-painted choir members read scriptures of Jesus' birth and performed both holiday classics, gospel favorites, and a few of Ye's previous bangers.

And similarly to his first opera, Nebuchadnezzar, Ye surfaced at the end of the show to take his bow—in his silver paint costume, of course — but just as quick as he appeared, he disappeared on an awaiting speedboat 45 minutes after the opera began.

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