"With this opera, it can truly be said that my artistic career began."
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.
Nabucco, King of Babylon, takes Jerusalem in his war with the Israelites – but his daughter Fenena loves the Israelite Ismaele. She releases their prisoners, leading her vengeful half-sister Abigaille to plot to take power. Nabucco declares himself a god and is struck by a bolt of lightning.
Abigaille tricks the now feeble king into signing a death warrant for the Israelites, including Fenena and Ismaele. Nabucco prays to the God of Israel for forgiveness; his sanity is restored and he saves the prisoners from death. He converts himself and his people, while Abigaille commits suicide.
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Temistocle Solera
Conductor: Daniel Oren
Artistic Advisor: Pier Luigi Pizzi
Director/Designer: Massimo Gasparon
Lighting Designer: Andrea Borelli
Assistant Set Designer: Luigi Iaconeta
Assistant Costume Designer: Lorena Marin
Chorus Master: Tiziana Carini
Vocal Coach: Alessandro Amoretti