• Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns



Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)

From 07/02/2013 in Antwerp - from 01/03/2013 in Ghent

  • Dmitri Jurowski
  • Daniel Slater
  • Dalibor Jenis
  • Iano Tamar
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams
  • Francesco Ellero d'Artegna
  • Musical direction: Dmitri Jurowski / Lanfranco Marcelletti
  • Director: Daniel Slater
  • Video-ontwerp: Evelien Vanden Boer
  • Nabucco: Dalibor Jenis
  • Abigaille: Iano Tamar / Mary Elizabeth Williams
  • Zaccaria: Francesco Ellero d'Artegna / Almas Svilpa

The madness of power

Zaccariah, the leader of the Hebrews, and Nabucco, the Babylonian king, are polar opposites, both politically and in religious terms. The first tells his people to take courage and believes that God is on his side, while the latter behaves like a true despot. What follows is a struggle between the oppressed Jewish people and the mighty Babylonian dynasty. When Nabucco's daughter and adopted daughter also fall in love with the prince of the opposing camp, emotions run high.

From its very opening performance Nabucco was a raging success and firmly established Verdi as a composer of innovative music. Va Pensiero, the most famous choral passage, became a truly symbolic passage. The power of the choral scenes contrasts sharply with the sensitivity of the solo arias, and even today is the ideal recipe for gripping drama.

Read the full synopsis as pdf


Language: Italian. Surtitles: Dutch.

A live recording will be brodcast on 23 February on radio station Klara.

Tickets from € 14.00 to € 103.00


British director Daniel Slater stands for gripping theatre productions, which focus on powerful acting and throw new light on the classic repertoire. Verdi is always in capable hands when it comes to our chief conductor Dmitri Jurowski: in Aida he conjured ‘wonderful sounds from the orchestra’ (De Morgen). The leading roles are played by Verdi singers of the highest order: baritone Dalibor Jenis as Nabucco, Francesco Ellero d’Artegna as Zaccariah and Iano Tamar in the demanding role of Abigaille.



Nabucco - Warm Up
Nabucco - Verdi - trailer


‘Cadran, cadranno i perfidi .. O prodi miei, seguitemi’ / Nabucco
‘Dio di Giuda!’ / Nabucco
‘Introduzione’ / Nabucco
‘Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate’ / Nabucco


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