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Nabucco (DVD) - Domingo

Item# 888750593597


Nabucco (DVD) - Domingo

Verdi’s Nabucco from the Royal Opera House in London, recorded live in April 2013. In this production Plácido Domingo made his debut in the role of Nabucco – in the bicentenary year of Verdi’s birth. The production was directed by Daniele Abbado, who took the opera’s theme of the enslavement of the Jewish people as his cue to give the opera a 20th-century setting. The chorus and orchestra, expertly led by Nicola Luisotti, an experienced master of Verdi’s music, have also won high praise from the critics.

With 50 years of stage experience, flourishing in a second career as a baritone, Domingo takes the role of the Babylonian king with undiminished energy and charisma. “From the moment Domingo appears this production ... feels pulsatingly alive,” wrote The Independent, praising the expressive beauty of his singing: “as the majestic Nebuchadnezzar ... Domingo fills the space with ease, and his baritone timbre has much of the old tenor burnish.”

It is the towering figure of Plácido Domingo whose arrival, in the words of the Financial Times, “has crowned the Royal Opera's new Nabucco with a welcome aura of celebrity. ... Domingo exudes grandeur and authority, taking command of the role..."

Verdi’s biblical drama about King Nebuchadnezzar and the exiled Israelites premiered in Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 1842. It was one of the composer’s earliest triumphs, and is considered by many to be the true beginning of his artistic career. The work is renowned for its rousing choruses, especially “Va, pensiero” (“Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”), which is now regarded as a kind of unofficial national anthem by many Italians who find in it moving echoes of their own historic quest for a nation-state.

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