Verdi’s biblical epic transports us to Ancient Babylon, where vengeance, war and persecution are rife. Featuring “Va, pensiero”.
Nabucco Opera Tickets: Verdi’s Biblical EpicAncient Babylon appears in NYC as the Metropolitan Opera House hosts Verdi’s Nabucco this year. The Italian composer’s first masterpiece is a stirring and far-reaching epic populated by towering characters - vengeful daughters, oppressive kings, love that transcends politics, and people fighting for their freedom - and music that stirs the soul including “Va, pensiero” and “Immenso Jehova”.
What is Nabucco about?Nabucco is a vast opera, one of biblical proportions with forbidden love, persecution and vengeance at its center. King Nabucco of Babylon's army draws closer to Jerusalem, but the Israelites have one last hope: his daughter Fenena is their hostage and bargaining chip. As the battle for liberation rages, forbidden love blooms, hidden identities emerge, and a plot for vengeance and retribution burns brightly in Nabucco’s other daughter, Abigaille.
Nabucco: Verdi’s Earliest SuccessWith a monumental story, enthralling anti-heroine, and immense music, Nabucco is widely considered to be Verdi’s first big success in the opera world, and the springboard from which his career ascended new heights. The Italian composer is one of the greatest and most revered names in opera, with works including Aida, Falstaff, La Traviata and Otello being performed again and again across the world. He wrote Nabucco when he was just 28 years old.
Nabucco’s influence is so profound that the Hebrew slaves’ song of exile in the piece, “Va, pensiero” (also known as “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”) is an unofficial national anthem in Italy, and a melody recognized in many other countries as well for its political resonance.
Met Opera Nabucco Cast and CreativesBaritone George Gagnidze makes his Met Opera debut as King Nabucco, alongside a cast including soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, returning as Abigaille; mezzo-soprano Maria Barakova and tenor SeokJong Baek as Fenena and Ismaele; and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy, reprising his celebrated portrayal of the high priest Zaccaria.
Daniele Callegari conducts Verdi’s exhilarating opera at the Met Opera, in a production that transports us to ancient Babylon and a story that thrums with familial heartbreak, passion and war.
Tickets for Nabucco at the Met Opera On Sale NowThis incredible opera is buoyed with drama and vitality and showcases the raw power of Verdi’s imagination from his early career. Don’t miss its return to New York this year for a limited season.
Sorry this show closed 26 January 2024, we recommend these similar productions.