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Premiere 31 October 2020
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Nabucco

A classic opera about a brutal reality

Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901). Libretto Temistocle Solera.

Performed in Italian, with surtitles in both Swedish and English.

Nabucco – with its hit tune Va pensiero (“Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”) – is a tale of violence, oppression, reconciliation and the longing for freedom. 

King Nabucco is fighting a war, and has two daughters. One of them is legitimate – the lovely Fenena, who loves a man from the enemy side and is campaigning to have the prisoners of war released. The other is illegitimate – the ruthless yet pitiable Abigaille, who vindictively plots to seize power. It is hard to decide who is good and bad in this story; our sympathies fluctuate back and forth as the power struggle unfolds. 

An all-Italian team headed by director Jacopo Spirei sets the opera in a contemporary context with a desperate populace protesting against an oppressive government. After gaining power, the populace becomes the oppressor. One fundamentalist regime is superseded by another. Those with nothing left to lose adopt extreme measures to enforce their own ideology. Fear and hope switch sides – over and over again. 

Italian conductor Giancarlo Andretta returns to The Göteborg Opera to conduct Verdi’s fiery breakthrough opera. Its powerful music ranges from ravishing arias to majestic choruses. The Göteborg Opera’s baritone Mats Persson plays Nabucco, whose perceptions of himself and society change as the plot develops. The magnificent role of the fierce Abigaille is played by Russian soprano Zoya Tsererina, whose career has soared since her debut. The chorus plays a key role in the opera as the supporters of the opposing sides.

Panel discussion prior to the premiere of Nabucco
21 October, 7.00pm
The Small Stage

About one week before premieres we hold free panel discussions. At these discussions the artistic team and soloists talk about their work. Sometimes an expert guest is invited to give a special perspective on the production. It could be a language professor, an architect, an art historian or perhaps a singer who has previously played the role.

These discussions take place on the Small Stage a week or two before the premiere. The chair for the opera panels is The Göteborg Opera's dramaturgist, Göran Gademan.

Free admission. Some talks are held in English.

Introductions

One hour prior to each opera on the Main Stage, we present an introduction to the evening’s performance. They last around 20 minutes and are held on the Göteborg Opera Small Stage. Admission is free, limited seating.

Please note: introductions are presented in Swedish, and there is no introduction at the premiere performance.

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Upcoming shows

October 2020

Sat 31/10
18:00
Main Stage 
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November 2020

Wed 4/11
19:00
Main Stage 
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Sun 8/11
18:00
Main Stage 
Sat 14/11
18:00
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Sun 22/11
18:00
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Wed 25/11
19:00
Main Stage 

December 2020

Thu 3/12
19:00
Main Stage 
Wed 9/12
19:00
Main Stage 

January 2021

Fri 8/1
19:00
Main Stage 
Pensioner discount
Fri 15/1
19:00
Main Stage 
Wed 20/1
19:00
Main Stage 
Sun 24/1
15:00
Main Stage 
Last performance

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