Kanye West debuted his opera show, Mary, this weekend at the Marine Stadium in Miami as a follow up to “Nebuchadnezzar,” his first opera production in Los Angeles, according to the Christian Post.
Clad in silver, West’s Sunday Service Choir members graced the stage, singing while Kanye told the story of Jesus. The opera detailed the traditional nativity story, highlighting Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in a manger in 12 scenes. The choir also sang the Christmas songs “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “O Holy Night.” The Miami Stadium stage perches on a Virginia Key inlet while the audience watches from dry ground.
“Over 300 prophecies in the Scripture described the coming of the Savior,” West said. “Jesus Christ fulfilled them all. One prophecy, in particular, declared the sign of His coming to be marked by a voice, a voice that would prepare the hearts of the people of Israel for the Messiah.” The rapper-turned-Christian also read from Luke 1:5 and Matthew 1:20. He was only on the stage for a few moments before jumping onto a speedboat at the end of the performance.
According to Vanity Fair, tickets for the one-time show sold out within 24 hours at $200 each. Kanye announced the show on Twitter Thursday evening for the Sunday afternoon show on the final day of Art Basel, a gathering of artists.
Chance the Rapper, a musician who has professed to a relationship with God, was also in attendance at the opera and received loud cheers from the crowd.
The musical performance came only a few weeks after Nebuchadnezzar hit the Hollywood Bowl stage. That show also barely featured Kanye, instead, it focused on the story found in the book of Daniel, which guided some to worshipful praise, according to the Rolling Stone.
West recently announced part two to his highly successful Jesus Is King album. He will also join Lecrae, Tauren Wells, and Hillsong Young and Free at the Strength to Stand Bible Conference in Tennessee in January.
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine.