Giuseppe Verdi
The State Opera
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    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 35 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes


    In Italian, subtitles in Czech, English, German


    June 27, 2018

    Production is staged by the celebrated Argentinean tenor José Cura.

    Verdi’s third opera, Nabucco, treating the Old Testament story of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, has been an essential title on the repertoire of every opera house possessing a large choir. In the piece, the chorus plays a very bold role, singing one of the best-known opera scenes there is, “Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate” (Fly, thought, on golden wings). The audience at the opera’s premiere, on 9 March 1842 at La Scala in Milan, demanded that the scene be repeated, as has subsequently been the case during performances on other stages.


    • 2020-2021


    Musical preparation
    Andreas Sebastian Weiser
    Direction, Set and Lighting design
    José Cura
    Costumes and co-stage designer
    Silvia Collazuol
    Co-lighting designer
    Pavel Dautovský
    Chorus master
    Adolf Melichar


    The State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

    A number of myths have arisen as to the mission of the famous Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. It is still not clear whether Verdi, a great patriot dreaming of a united Italy, composed it deliberately as a political proclamation.

    One way or another, in Verdi’s time the chorus would become a symbol of the Italians’ resistance to Austria’s supremacy, and would even serve as a political appeal in modern times. Nabucco marked the onset of Verdi’s new operatic style. While still reflecting the respective influences of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini, the purely virtuoso passages quintessential for the bel canto era gave way to arias and ensembles fully aimed at enhancing the dramatic tension and drift.

    Nabucco was first presented in the Czech lands in German translation on 3 March 1849 at the Estates Theatre in Prague.

    The current production is staged by the celebrated Argentinean tenor José Cura, with whom the State Opera company has previously collaborated, in the autumn of 2001 during a tour of Japan with the production of Verdi’s Aida (José Cura portrayed the role of Radamès) and in January 2015, when he appeared at the State Opera in a performance of Verdi’s Otello (in the lead role).

    Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 35 minutes, one 20-minute intermission  


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