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Nabucco: Arena di Verona

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About the Event

Soak up the emotional drama on stage and the heat of ancient stones, as Verdi's great patriotic opera fills the Arena di Verona with family and political drama, and unforgettable music.

Few settings could be more fitting for this drama on a grand scale as the fate of a nation plays out through Verdi's score, including the 'Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves' — an historical rallying cry in Italy's fight for nationhood, and one of the world's most‐loved opera choruses.

Nabucco


'Nabucco is an opera in four acts composed by Giuseppe Verdi in 1841 on a libretto by Temistocle Solera. The libretto is based on a 1836 play by Auguste Anicet‐Bourgeois and Francis Cornu, and on the biblical books of Daniel and Jeremiah.

Combining romance and politics, as the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco) assaults Jerusalem, personal dramas play out. Enslaved, the Israelites sing the famous 'Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves'  — an extract that achieved instant success as an unofficial revoutionary hymn for the northern Italians chafing under Habsburg rule — and eventually emerge triumphant.

Act 1: The Israelites of Jerusalem bewail their fate as the Babylonians besiege Jerusalem. They hope Fenena, Nabucco's daughter, held as a hostage, may save them the worst of the Balbylonian's rage.

Ismaele, the son of the King of Jerusalem enters to warn that the Babylonian army is victorious, and Zaccaria, the High Priest, leaves Fenena in his care. Fenena and Ismaele speak of their meeting in Babylon, and their love for one another.

Fenena's warrior sister, Abigaille, bursts into the temple at the head of a troop of Babylonian soldiers. Abigaille promises Ismaele his life and clemency for his people if he will return her love and become her consort. Ismaele declines, and the victorious Nabucco enters the Temple.

Zaccaria curses the Babylonian king as a blasphemer, and threatens to kill Fenena, but Ismaele intervenes to save his beloved and returns her, unharmed, to her father. The Israelites curse Ismaele, and Nabucco orders the Temple looted and razed to the ground.

Act 2: In Babylon, Abigaille finds a document that shows she is not the daughter of the king, but the child of slaves. She thinks of how different things might have been if Ismaele had returned her love, but vows vengeance on Nabucco and his heir, Fenena.

The HIgh Priest of Baal enters to say that the Babylonians have decided to offer the throne to Abigaille, as Fenena has freed the Israelite prisoners.

Zaccaria prays for God's guidance in his quest to convert the Babylonians, starting with Fenena. A palace advisor rushes in to tell the newly‐converted Fenena of rumours that the King is dead, and Abigaille stands poised to take the throne.

Before Fenena can escape, Abigaille and the High Priest of Baal enter, sentence the Israelites to death, and demand the royal scepter from Fenena, who defies her sister. Suddenly Nabucco reappears and proclaims himself both King and God. The King is struck down by a lightning bolt, and goes insane.

Act 3: Abigaille is acclaimed as ruler of Babylon. The High Priest urges her to sign the warrant for the execution of the Israelite prisoners.

Nabucco enters, and Abigaille placates him by saying she is acting as Regent until he returns to health. Abigaille convinces Nabucco to sign the warrant, then taunts him with the fact that Fenena's life is also forfeit. Nabucco tries to find the document proving Abigaille's parentage, but she tears it up in front of him. Nabucco looks for support from the guards, but realises none remain loyal to him.

On the banks of the Euphrates, the Israelites rest from their forced labours, and dream of returning to their homeland, victorious.

Act 4: Nabucco awakes from a restless sleep to hear the sounds of Fenena being lead to her execution. He tries to intervene, but realises he too is a prisoner. Nabucco prays to the Israelite's God to save his daughter, promising that he will convert and lead all of his people to do likewise. Nabucco's reason returns, and he is able to convince his advisors that he is himself again, and to rally forces loyal to his authority.

Outside, Fenena goes to her death, hailed as a martyr. Nabucco arrives just in time, and calls for the statue of Baal to be destroyed. Miraculously, it tumbles down.

Abigaille takes poison, and confesses her crimes as she dies, praying for Ismaele and Fenena to be united, and for the forgiveness of the Israelites' God. Nabucco commands the Israelites to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their Temple. He now shares their faith. The crowd praises God for the miracle they have witnessed.

Giuseppe Verdi


Giuseppe Verdi was an Italian opera composer. From a young age, he developed a musical education with the help of a patron and soon dominated the Italian opera. In fact by his 30s, he became one of the most influential opera composer all over the classical scene. His most famous operas are Il Trovatore, Rigoletto and La Traviata. Furthermore, he was able to establish himself as a landowner with the income from his successful operas and focus on his private life. However, he soon returned to the scene with his new popular work Aida 1871, and three masterpieces: Otello, Requiem and Falstaff.

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Program

  • Verdi, Giuseppe – Nabucco
Program is subject to change

Cast / Production

Direttore
Daniel Oren (25/6 – 1, 7, 10, 23, 29/7 – 3/9)
Alvise Casellati (18/8)
Regia e Costumi
Arnaud Bernard
Scene
Alessandro Camera

Nabucco
Amartuvshin Enkhbat (25/6 – 23, 29/7)
Sebastian Catana (1/7)
Roman Burdenko (7, 10/7)
Luca Salsi (18/8 – 3/9)
Ismaele
Samuele Simoncini (25/6 – 1, 7, 10/7)
Riccardo Rados (23, 29/7 – 18/8 – 3/9)
Zaccaria
Rafał Siwek (25/6 – 7, 10/7 – 3/9)
Abramo Rosalen (1/7)
Michele Pertusi (23, 29/7 – 18/8)
Abigaille
Maria José Siri (25/6 – 29/7 – 18/8 – 3/9)
Ewa Plonka (1, 7, 10, 23/7)
Fenena
Francesca Di Sauro (25/6 – 1, 7, 10, 23/7)
Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (29/7 – 18/8 – 3/9)
Il Gran Sacerdote di Belo
Nicolò Ceriani (25/6 – 1, 7, 10/7)
Adolfo Corrado (23, 29/7 – 18/8 – 3/9)
Abdallo
Carlo Bosi (25/6 – 1, 7, 10, 23, 29/7 – 18/8)
Giacomo Leone (3/9)
Anna
Elisabetta Zizzo (25/6 – 1, 7, 10/7)
Elena Borin (23, 29/7 – 18/8 – 3/9)

ORCHESTRA, CORO E TECNICI DELLA FONDAZIONE ARENA DI VERONA
Maestro del Coro Ulisse Trabacchin

Customer Reviews

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  • Changzhi G, 中国

    Sep 2014

    非常,非常棒!

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