NABUCCO by Giuseppe VerdiZurich Opera House

129 min
Available from 25/06/2019 to 26/07/2019

Nabucco is all about the cry for freedom and the dramatic play of love and power. It is a thrilling work, famed for its spectacular crowd scenes and stirring choruses. This new staging of it by Andreas Homoki at Opernhaus Zurich features a star-studded cast under the baton of General Music Director Fabio Luisi.

At the core of Verdi’s Nabucco is the chorus “Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate,” in which the Hebrew slaves taken into captivity following the destruction of their temple in Jerusalem lament their fate.As captives in Babylonian exile, they are at the mercy of King Nabucco, whose hubris knows no bounds.Against this backdrop of a conflict between the Israelites and Babylonians dating back to the 6th century B.C., Verdi unfurls a drama that turns on the fate of individuals. Among them is the lovesick Abigaille, who initially believes herself to be the daughter of Nabucco, but then learns that she is descended from slaves. Verdi endowed the heroine of this relatively early work with a personality and psychological complexity that would become the hallmark of all his most memorable characters.But no less fascinating is the character of Nabucco, who undergoes a transformation from megalomaniac oppressor of the Hebrews to a fervent devotee of Jehovah.

Nabucco was composed at a time of crisis in Verdi’s life following the death of his first wife and two of his children and the flop of his previous opera, Un giorno di regno. But the libretto captured his imagination, and its tale of liberation enabled him to find his way back to his own dramatic and musical idiom. When Nabucco premiered at La Scala Milan in 1842 it was greeted with thunderous applause. This new production of Nabucco is conducted by General Music Director Fabio Luisi. The soprano Anna Smirnova sings the extremely challenging part of Abigaille, while the baritone Michael Volle takes the title role.


  • With :
    • Michael Volle (Nabucco)
    • Georg Zeppenfeld (Zaccaria)
    • Benjamin Bernheim (Ismaele)
    • Anna Smirnova (Abigaille)
    • Veronica Simeoni (Fenena)
    • Stanislav Vorobyov (High priest of Bel)
    • Omer Kobiljak (Abdallo)
    • Anja Jeruc (Anna)
  • Director :
    • Andreas Homoki
  • Music director :
    • Fabio Luisi
  • Orchestra :
    • Philharmonia Zürich
  • Choir :
    • Chor der Oper Zürich
  • Sets :
    • Wolfgang Gussmann
  • Costumes :
    • Wolfgang Gussmann, Susana Mendoza
  • Dramaturge :
    • Fabio Dietsche
  • Country :
    • Germany
  • Year :
    • 2019