I often wonder what anthropologists in the future will think of our civilization when they look back on it (provided the Earth doesn't esplode in 2012 ... ). What will scientific men make of our fascination with reality TV and popular culture? I'd love to be a fly on the wall as they puzzle out why, exactly, someone felt the need to create a "Klingon opera."

The villains of many a Star Trek film and episode have already spawned their own language -- and now they're getting a musical drama.

Entitled – u -, which translates roughly to "universe" or "universal", the opera will be the first ever Earth-based Klingon production. The orchestra is set to feature "indigenous Klingon instruments", some making their debut on this planet. Exciting!
The opera's website gives potential attendees a breakdown of what the production will sound like: "Klingon opera uses the principle of musical combat. Beauty in Klingon music comes from the impact of two opposing forces. To quote a well known Klingon proverb qa' wIje 'meH masuv or 'we fight to enrich the spirit.'"

The event is already a hit with Trekkies, but it remains to be seen if any actual Klingons will arrive to view it (you'd think they'd at least send a critic). It's not for lack of an invitation, though -- back in April a radio invite was broadcast to the supposed location of the Klingon homeworld -- which is roughly nine light years away.

The project took three years to complete and will be playing at the Zeebelt Theatre in the Hague from September 9th to the 11th. It was directed by the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble, a group that researches Klingon culture and historical documents and is probably way too into Star Trek. That's okay, though -- we still love them. Check out some Klingon opera action in the video below. This will be the strangest thing you watch all week.

[via CNews]