Nabucco

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Giuseppe Verdi

Opera in four acts
Libretto: Temistocle Solera after Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornue
World premiere: 9 March 1842, Regio Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Warsaw premiere: 25 February 1854, Teatr Wielki
Premiere of this production: 26 June 1992
In the original Italian with Polish surtitles

  • Act I

    40 min.

  • Intermission

    20 min.

  • Act II

    30 min.

  • Intermission

    20 min.

  • Act III and IV

    50 min.

Duration: 2 h 40 min.

  • About the production

    Close to two hundred people onstage, five horses, monumental sets and opulent costumes: Marek Weiss’s production of Nabucco is total theatre, synthesis of arts. ‘They don’t make opera like that anymore,’ which is all the more reason to go and see it. It is a historical performance in the exact sense of the word. First, it has been the cornerstone of the Polish National Opera’s repertoire since 1992. Second, it is intentionally staged as it would have been by Verdi’s contemporaries: with an emphasis on monumentality and circus-like, attractions. Musically, it is not a typical Verdi, but a mixture of opera and oratorio. Ultimately, it is the chorus that takes central stage, its constant presence culminating in Va pensiero, the most famous choral aria in human history. Performed by the Chorus of the Polish National Opera it is simply overwhelming, especially as it is sung in front of the safety curtain (where the Wailing Wall is projected), which enhances and reflects the sound. The director meant the production to be a pastiche of 19th-century opera, which justifies the clash of the lofty and the earthbound. Nabucco’s horseback aria sends chills not only down the audience’s spines. Sometimes it also stirs the animal, which – let us say – releases the tension enriching the desert-like set with a new prop reminiscent from the distance of the gravel of the hamada.

  • Performances
  • Cast
    Nabucco
    Krzysztof Szumański
    Ismaele
    Dominik Sutowicz
    Zaccaria
    Iurie Maimescu
    Abigaille
    Lilla Lee
    Fenena
    Agnieszka Rehlis
    Anna
    Katarzyna Trylnik
    Abdallo
    Krzysztof Szmyt
    High Priest
    Grzegorz Szostak
    Nabucco
    Matteo Suk
    Ismaele
    Dominik Sutowicz
    Zaccaria
    Iurie Maimescu
    Abigaille
    Lilla Lee
    Fenena
    Agnieszka Rehlis
    Anna
    Katarzyna Trylnik
    Abdallo
    Krzysztof Szmyt
    High Priest
    Grzegorz Szostak
    Nabucco
    Krzysztof Szumański
    Ismaele
    Dominik Sutowicz
    Zaccaria
    Iurie Maimescu
    Abigaille
    Lilla Lee
    Fenena
    Jadwiga Postrożna
    Anna
    Katarzyna Trylnik
    Abdallo
    Krzysztof Szmyt
    High Priest
    Grzegorz Szostak
    Nabucco
    Krzysztof Szumański
    Ismaele
    Dominik Sutowicz
    Zaccaria
    Iurie Maimescu
    Abigaille
    Lilla Lee
    Fenena
    Jadwiga Postrożna
    Anna
    Katarzyna Trylnik
    Abdallo
    Krzysztof Szmyt
    High Priest
    Grzegorz Szostak
    Nabucco
    Krzysztof Szumański
    Ismaele
    Dominik Sutowicz
    Zaccaria
    Iurie Maimescu
    Abigaille
    Lilla Lee
    Fenena
    Jadwiga Postrożna
    Anna
    Katarzyna Trylnik
    Abdallo
    Krzysztof Szmyt
    High Priest
    Grzegorz Szostak
    Nabucco
    Nikoloz Lagvilava
    Ismaele
    Dominik Sutowicz
    Zaccaria
    Iurie Maimescu
    Abigaille
    Lilla Lee
    Fenena
    Jadwiga Postrożna
    Anna
    Katarzyna Trylnik
    Abdallo
    Krzysztof Szmyt
    High Priest
    Grzegorz Szostak
  • Credits
    Conductor
    Tadeusz Kozłowski
    Director
    Marek Weiss
    Set Designer
    Andrzej Kreutz Majewski
    Costume Designer
    Jacek Majewski
    Choreography
    Emil Wesołowski
    Lighting Designer
    Jerzy Bojar