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Opera

Nabucco

Giuseppe Verdi

Premiere performances: 15 and 17 February 2024 at the State Opera

The State Opera
English surtitles

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    August 2024

    Saturday 24. 8.
    18:00

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    Thursday 29. 8.
    19:00

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    September 2024

    Sunday 1. 9.
    17:00

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    Thursday 5. 9.
    19:00

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    Sunday 8. 9.
    18:00

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    Sunday 22. 9.
    17:00

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    November 2024

    Sunday 17. 11.
    17:00

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    Sunday 24. 11.
    17:00

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    January 2025

    Thursday 30. 1.
    19:00

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    Basic information

    Venue

    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 30 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes

    Language

    In Italian, surtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    February 15, 2024

    Phenomenal chorus scenes, extremely impassioned virtuoso arias, as well as the perennially topical themes of expansive war, lust for power, betrayal, life and death, are the reasons why it has always been a staple of opera houses’ repertoire.

    Cast

    • 2023-2024
    • 2024-2025

    About

    State Opera Chorus
    State Opera Orchestra
    National Theatre Opera Ballet
    Pupils of the Olga Kyndlová Ballet School

    The opera Nabucco, depicting the dramatic story of the subjugation of the Israelites by the King of Babylon, ranks among Guiseppe Verdi’s most celebrated works. Phenomenal chorus scenes, extremely impassioned virtuoso arias, as well as the perennially topical themes of expansive war, lust for power, betrayal, life and death, are the reasons why it has always been a staple of opera houses’ repertoire.

    The title hero is based on the historical figure of King Nebuchadnezzar II. The opera starts with a true event, the destruction of the Temple of Solomon in 587 BC. Yet the following conversion of Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) to Judaism and the setting the Hebrews free from captivity in Babylon are the librettist’s fictional creations, as are the complicated relationships within the royal family, and the strife between Nabucco’s two stepdaughters, striving to win the love of the same man and gain the throne. Loosely blending true historical facts, a biblical legend and imagination, the libretto made it possible for Verdi to bring to bear fully for the first time his immense musical virtues. The colossal triumph of Nabucco, his third opera, at the world premiere at La Scala in Milan in 1842 opened for the 28-year-old composer the path to fame. The opera’s best-known number, the chorus “Va, pensiero, sull‘ali dorate” (“Fly, thought, on wings of gold”), expresses the Hebrew exiles’ hope for freedom.

    In Verdi’s time, however, it became a symbol of the Italian patriots’ resistance to Austrian supremacy, an unofficial anthem of the endeavour for a unified Italy free from foreign control; and the chorus has retained its political meaning up to the present day. Just as Verdi’s librettist drew inspiration from the Bible, particularly Psalm 137, biblical symbolism is foregrounded by the stage director Tomáš Ondřej Pilař in his conception of Nabucco’s new State Opera production.

    A co-production with the Slovak National Theatre.

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    Plakát Nabucco 2024

    A poster for the production of Nabucco

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    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in July–December 2024.


    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

    Parking at the State opera

    While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 60 CZK/h.

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