Nabucco

Music Giuseppe Verdi Text Temistocle Solera
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Cast 14.01.2021

Musical Direction Paolo Carignani
Production Günter Krämer
Stage Design Petra Buchholz Manfred Voss
Costume Design Falk Bauer
Lighting Design Manfred Voss
Nabucco Plácido Domingo
Ismaele Freddie De Tommaso
Zaccaria Riccardo Zanellato
Abigaille Anna Pirozzi
Fenena Szilvia Vörös

Details

With »Nabucco«, Verdi did not only have his breakthrough in 1842, it was also his first stage work which was performed in Vienna just one year after the Milan world premiere – personally directed by the composer. »Nabucco« did not find its way into the permanent repertoire of the Vienna State Opera until 2001; but ever since, the story about the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar and the deportation of the Jews into exile in Babylon has been one of Verdi's most frequently performed operas on this stage. Its popularity cannot only be attributed to the famous prisoners' chorus but also to the monumental figures of the megalomaniac tyrant ruler and his erotically frustrated and all the more power-hungry stepdaughter Abigaille. With this melodically and rhythmically rousing score, a young Verdi took over the legacy of his predecessors Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Together with Simon Boccanegra, Nabucco belongs to Plácido Domingo’s most important roles, which he has interpreted all over the world after he made his switch to baritone from tenor. At his side, three young internationally sought-after singers are making their debut: Anna Pirozzi sings Abigaille for the first time after Salzburg and Munich, the Italian bass Riccardo Zanellato presents himself to the State Opera audience as Zaccaria, and Freddie De Tommaso gives his first Ismaele in Vienna after Pinkerton in September.