Nabucco - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2016) - Nabucco - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2016)

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Co-production with : La Scala, Milan; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona

Following the spectacular failure of his second opera, Un giorno di regno, Giuseppe Verdi vowed never to compose another. But he was lured back to the theatre by Bartolomeo Merelli, the impresario of La Scala, Milan, with the commission for Nabucco. The resulting opera was a triumph – first performed in 1842, it was revived the same year with a run of 57 shows. As Verdi wrote: ‘with this opera, it can truly be said that my artistic career began.’

Daniele Abbado’s production is set in the second half of the 20th century and explores the reality of conflict, where friend and enemy may become indistinguishable. An enormous chorus lends weight to epic numbers such as ‘Immenso Jehova’ – the Hebrew Slaves’ triumphant hymn of thanksgiving – and their song of exile, ‘Va, pensiero’, widely considered to be Italy’s unofficial national anthem. There are wonderful bass and baritone roles in the figures of Nabucco, the Babylonian King (based on the biblical King Nebuchadnezzar) and Zaccaria, the Hebrew prophet – while in Abigaille, Verdi created a memorable anti-heroine, at once terrifying and pitiable. Throughout, the score blends rhythmic vitality and powerful drama, and is on a scale to do justice to the opera’s epic themes.

More information is available on the opera house's official website.

Schedule

June 06, 2016 19:30:00

June 09, 2016 19:30:00

June 13, 2016 19:30:00

June 15, 2016 19:30:00

June 18, 2016 19:30:00

June 21, 2016 19:30:00

June 23, 2016 19:30:00

June 25, 2016 19:00:00

June 30, 2016 19:30:00

Casting

Daniele Abbado

Renato Balsadonna

Maurizio Benini

Dimitri Platanias

Plácido Domingo

Liudmyla Monastyrska

Tatiana Melnychenko

Leonardo Capalbo

Jean-François Borras

John Relyea

Jamie Barton

David Shipley

Samuel Sakker

Vlada Borovko

Work's characters list

Director

Conductor

Conductor

Nabucco

Nabucco

Abigaille

Abigaille

Ismaele

Ismaele

Zaccaria

Fenena

Il Gran Sacerdote

Abdallo

Anna

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