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Nabucco

Giuseppe Verdi

New Teatro alla Scala Production
In coproduction with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London;
Lyric Opera of Chicago; Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona

From 1 to 20 February 2013

Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes intermission included

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

Notes on the performancesOpen 
The opera of "Va’ pensiero" brought Verdi, not yet thirty, an international success which stretched from Europe to America. It is a coral opera of biblical majesty, in which the threatening Babylonian emperor stalks through a world of contrasts, starting with that of the Jewish people who he has subjugated. The incisive and inventive slant of the music gives life to interwoven events served with a generous helping of pride, resentment, superstition and the spirit of conversion.

The protagonist Leo Nucci guides a company of singers that is necessarily hardened, given the subject at hand. The new international production conceived by director Daniele Abbado will be the start to finish tale of a people, told on a two-fold narrative level, in which the destiny of the present overlaps with memory.

The conventional love story, less significant in this insurrectional ante litteram work full of a sense of terror, of elementary psychology, of instinctive primordiality, remains in the background. The sand of the desert, the sacredness of death, the thirst for spirituality and the absence of the Assyrian masses are the main motifs that inspire the performance, in which the portrait of the doubtful tyrant is sketched by a Verdi whose musical expression is particularly heated.

Direction 

Conductor
Nicola Luisotti
Staging
Daniele Abbado
Sets and costumes
Alison Chitty
Lights
Alessandro Carletti
Choreographic movements
Simona Bucci
Video
Luca Scarzella
Staging assistant
Boris Stetka

CAST 

Nabucco
Leo Nucci
Ismaele
Aleksandrs Antonenko
Zaccaria
Vitalij Kowaljow (1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 20)
Dmitry Beloselskiy (3, 7, 15)
Abigaille
Liudmyla Monastyrska (1, 5, 7, 9, 13, 17, 20)
Lucrecia Garcia (3, 15)
Fenena
Veronica Simeoni (1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 20)
Nino Surguladze (3, 7, 15)
Abdallo
Giuseppe Veneziano
Anna
Tatyana Ryaguzova (1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 20)
Silvia Della Benetta (3, 7, 15)
Il gran Sacerdote
Ernesto Panariello

Ambrogio Maestri is forced to withdraw from the production of Nabucco. The role of Nabucco in all the performances (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 20 February) will be covered by Leo Nucci.

Due to a disease Lucrecia Garcia is forced to withdraw from the performance of Nabucco on Friday 15/02. The role of Abigaille will be covered by Maria Guleghina.

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