Plácido Domingo and Dmitri Platanias take the title role in this powerful productionCome and enjoy free, world-class opera from the Royal Opera House on the big screen in Trafalgar Square this summer with BP Big Screens 2016. As well as the live screenings this year, there’ll also be exclusive backstage films, competitions, performances and more.
See Plácido Domingo and Dmitri Platanias in Daniele Abbado’s production of Verdi’s epic opera, Nabucco.
Following the spectacular failure of his second opera, Un giorno di regno, Giuseppe Verdi vowed never to compose another. But he was lured back to the theatre by Bartolomeo Merelli, the impresario of La Scala, Milan, with the commission for Nabucco. The resulting opera was a triumph – first performed in 1842, it was revived the same year with a run of 57 shows. As Verdi wrote: "with this opera, it can truly be said that my artistic career began."
Daniele Abbado’s production is set in the second half of the 20th century and explores the reality of conflict, where friend and enemy may become indistinguishable. An enormous chorus lends weight to epic numbers such as Immenso Jehova. There are wonderful bass and baritone roles in the figures of Nabucco and Zaccaria – while in Abigaille, Verdi created a memorable anti-heroine, at once terrifying and pitiable. Throughout, the score blends rhythmic vitality and powerful drama, and is on a scale to do justice to the opera’s epic themes.
This is a truly electrifying performance – one that would be almost criminal to miss.
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