- – Main Stage.
- Giancarlo Andretta
- Jacopo Spirei
- Set design
- Mauro Tinti
- Costume design
- Silvia Aymonio
- Lighting design
- Giuseppe Di Iorio
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 One fundamentalist regime is superseded by another.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.