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Nabucco

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Daniele Abbado explores themes of identity, exile and religion in a powerful staging of Verdi’s epic opera. Read More >

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 makes imaginative use of large-scale video projections to accompany and reflect the action on stage. 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’, which is considered by many 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. And 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 that does justice to the opera’s epic themes.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 30/03/2013

Closing Night: 8/04/2013

Running time: 2h50

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Cast & Creative

Creative

Director - Daniele Abbado

Designer - Alison Chitty

Lighting Designer - Alessandro Carletti

Movement Director - Simona Bucci

Music By - Giuseppe Verdi

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Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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