Nabucco

NationaltheaterMunich, Bavaria, Germany
May 20, 24, 27, 30, July 15 at 19:00
Performers
Bavarian State Opera
Paolo CarignaniConductor
Yannis KokkosDirector, Set Designer, Costume Designer
Dimitri PlataniasBaritoneNabucco
Liudmyla MonastyrskaSopranoAbigaille
Anaïk MorelMezzo-sopranoFenena
Murat KarahanTenorIsmaele
Vitalij KowaljowBassZaccaria
Goran JurićBassHigh Priest
Galeano SalasTenorAbdallo
Elsa BenoitSopranoAnna
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Jerusalem and Babylon at the time of Neubchadnezzar around 578 B.C. were the setting of Verdi’s early work, Nabucco. But the Biblical epic about power, love and religion is certainly more than a mere historical drama that might have served as a Hollywood blockbuster, and which places the most stringent demands on the soloists, chorus and stage machinery. Human conflicts are expressed here in highly emotional music and leave an indelible mark, to the present day, on this first, genuinely major operatic success by composer Giuseppe Verdi. Nabucco, the work with the famous prisoners’ chorus “Va pensiero” (“Fly, thought, on golden wings!”), the best-known hymn to freedom ever composed, is a must – and not just for Verdi fans.

© Wilfried Hösl
© Wilfried Hösl
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