VERDI, G.: Nabucco (Arena di Verona, 2007)

VERDI, G.: Nabucco (Arena di Verona, 2007)


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Libretto/Text Author: Solera, Temistocle
Conductor: Oren, Daniel

Abdallo: Bosi, Carlo
High Priest of Baal: Striuli, Carlo
Nabucco: Nucci, Leo

Set/Stage Designer: Krief, Denis
Costume Designer: Krief, Denis
Lighting Designer: Krief, Denis
Lighting Designer: Mazzon, Paolo
Stage Director: Krief, Denis
Television Director: Mancini, Tiziano

Date of Production: 2006
Venue: Arena di Verona
Playing Time: 02:13:47
Catalogue Number: A00008685


After his first two operas Oberto and Un giorno di regno, Verdi fell into a depression that dissipated only when he was shown the libretto to Nabucco and discovered the chorus Va, pensiero. The words sung by the Hebrew exiles made an indelible impression on the composer, who also saw the political potential within them: an echo of the Italians' longing for freedom and a unified nation.

This video production vividly captures this unique experience and provides the viewer with fascinating details that escape many of the Arena's spectators. Stage director Denis Krief casts the work in a sparse modern setting, providing a highly effective showcase for the true heroes of the evening, the singers under conductor Daniel Oren. The chorus of the Hebrew captives is so perfect that it is probably impossible to find it sung anywhere else more beautifully than in Verona.

As so often in the Arena, the chorus presents itself as protagonist and perfectly homogeneous ensemble in this acoustically delicate theater. But with Leo Nucci as an aging Nabucco reminiscent of Lear, Fabio Sartori as his antagonist Ismaele and Maria Guleghina as a power-hungry Abigaille, the stage was dominated by three brilliantly disposed soloists who rousingly did justice to the drama of their characters, who are struggling for power and love.

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