Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco
LA Opera's revival of Nabucco convinced us of the thrilling musical power of Verdi’s first masterpiece. James Conlon’s conducting of the overture was a model of control, balancing gigantic dramatic statements with pleasingly fluid lyricism; later, the great ensembles, which comprise much of the action, unfolded with stately grandeur... Plácido Domingo’s interpretation of Nabucco was revelatory."
James Conlon conducted a stellar cast in a powerful interpretation of Verdi’s early masterpiece, LA Opera’s first presentation of Nabucco in 15 years. The fascinating production, directed and designed by Thaddeus Strassberger, interpreted Nabucco through the lens of Verdi’s own time by framing it as a sort of opera-within-an-opera, set in the tense political atmosphere of the work’s 1842 premiere. The iconic chorus “Va, pensiero” returned during the curtain call as a dramatically charged encore, with the audience in the house invited to join in.
Additional concert performance on November 14, 2017, at the Musco Center for the Arts.
Production made possible by generous gifts from Barbara Augusta Teichert and Marilyn Ziering. Additional generous support from The Seaver Endowment. Placido Domingo's appearance made possible by generous support from The Eva and Marc Stern Principals Artists Fund.