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Nabucco at the Royal Opera House – 6th to 30th June 2016



The legendary Plácido Domingo take the title role in Daniele Abbado’s production of Verdi’s classic opera.

After the failure of his second opera, Un giorno di regno, Giuseppe Verdi vowed never to compose another. However he was lured back to the theatre by Bartolomeo Merelli, the impresario of La Scala, Milan, with the commission for Nabucco. The opera first performed in 1842 was a triumph and Verdi’s career never looked back.

Daniele Abbado’s production is set in the second half of the 20th century and explores the reality of a conflict, where friend and enemy may become indistinguishable. An enormous chorus lends weight to epic numbers such as ‘Immenso Jehova’ – the Hebrew Slaves’ their song of exile, ‘Va, pensiero’, widely considered to be Italy’s unofficial national anthem. The roles of Nabucco, the Babylonian King (based on the biblical King Nebuchadnezzar) , Zaccaria, the Hebrew prophet and Abigaille provide the strong characters in a intense drama which add substance to Verdi’s powerful score.

The story centres around Nabucco, King of Babylon who 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.

Running time

The performance lasts around 2 hours 50 minutes, including one interval.


Sung in Italian with English surtitles

If you would like more information or buy tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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