- Helena Dix
- Gianluca Marcianò
With Nabucco, first performed in 1842, Verdi’s great artistic career began. The story is loosely based on the Old Testament, though all the characters except Nabucco himself (Nebuchadnezzar) were inventions of his librettist. The famous chorus of the Hebrews in exile, Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate (Go, thought, on golden wings) is one of Verdi’s finest pieces of choral writing. It also encapsulated the feelings of the Italian people at the time about their long history of oppression and foreign rule. With three strong characters and a succession of brilliant choruses a new and exciting era of Italian opera began.
Concert performance in Italian with English surtitles.
5.45pm: Pre-concert talk
by Simon Bainbridge (for ticket holders)
- Concert Duration:
- approx. 2 hours 50 mins