Nabucco

Romantic opera from 1842

Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Temistocle Solera
Librettist

Description

Nabucco (Italian pronunciation: [naˈbukko]; short for Nabucodonosor [naˌbukoˈdɔːnozor]~[naˌbukodonoˈzɔr], English Nebuchadnezzar) is an Italian-language opera in four acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. The libretto is based on biblical stories from the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Daniel and the 1836 play by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornue, although Antonio Cortese's ballet adaptation of the play (with its necessary simplifications), given at La Scala in 1836, was a more important source for Solera than the play itself. Under its original name of Nabucodonosor, the opera was first performed at La Scala in Milan on 9 March 1842.

Nabucco is the opera which is considered to have permanently established Verdi's reputation as a composer. He commented that "this is the opera with which my artistic career really begins. And though I had many difficulties to fight against, it is certain that Nabucco was born under a lucky star".

It follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (in English, Nebuchadnezzar II). The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot. The best-known number from the opera is the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves", Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate / "Fly, thought, on golden wings", a chorus which is regularly given an encore in many opera houses when performed today.

Year 1842
Opening Night 1842
Time Period Romantic
Instrumentation Opera orchestra, Opera chorus, Soli

Scores

Nabucco: Overture to the Opera
Ernst Eulenburg & Co. GmbH 2012
Hebrew Slaves Chorus, From "Nabucco"
Cimarron Music Press 1842
Solera, et al.

Videos

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Albums

111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon (CD 6)
Deutsche Grammophon
The Yellow Guide To Classical Music
Deutsche Grammophon
Karajan Festival
Deutsche Grammophon
Nabucco
Chandos
A Song of Yorkshire
Chandos
Boris Christoff (1914-1993)
Nimbus
Las Voces del Siglo XX Vol. 3
Pattaya
Famous Opera Choruses
Arts Productions Ltd.
Maria Callas: Vissi D'Arte
Synergie OMP
Vocal: Operatic, Sacred & Chamber
Cavendish Music
Maria Callas: Favourite Arias
Synergie OMP
Divas' Revenge: Opera & Broadway Our Way
Golden Gate Performing Arts, Inc.
Opera Choirs - Since Daphne
Bela Records
Giuseppe Verdi - Cori Da Opere
Duck Records
Giangiacomo Guelfi: Baritono
Myto Records S.a.s. / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Opera Masterpieces
Abaco Music
Maria Callas: Habanera
Synergie OMP
Verdi Opera Favourites
Warner Music
Opera Arias
Warner Music
Opera Choruses
Warner Music
Cantolopera: Verdi's Choruses, Vol. 1
Cantolopera
Prima Voce: Cesare Siepi
Nimbus
Titta Ruffo (1877-1953)
Nimbus