Verdi: Nabucco (Blu-Ray) – Plácido Domingo

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Verdi: Nabucco (Blu-Ray) – Plácido Domingo

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Plácido Domingo, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Vitalij Kowaljow, Andrea Carè, Marianna Pizzolato, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera Chorus
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Director: Daniele Abbado
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Sony Classical
Blu-Ray Release Date: April 28, 2015
Run Time: 133 minutes; plus 9 minutes bonus material

Recorded live in April 2013 at the Royal Opera House in London, Sony Classical is proud to present Verdi’s Nabucco, starring the legendary Plácido Domingo in his debut in the title role. With fifty years of stage experience, flourishing in a second career as a baritone, Domingo takes on the role of the Babylonian king with undiminished energy and charisma. “Domingo fills the space with ease, and his baritone timbre has much of the old tenor burnish,” wrote The Independent, praising the expressive beauty of his singing. And the Financial Times wrote, “Domingo exudes grandeur and authority, taking command of the role.”

Nabucco was directed by Daniele Abbado, who took the opera’s theme of the enslavement of the Jewish people as a cue to give the opera a 20th-century setting. Conducted expertly by Nicola Luisotti, an experienced master of Verdi’s music, Nabucco also stars Liudmyla Monastyrska, Andrea Carè, Marianna Pizzolato and Vitalij Kowaljow.

 

History

Verdi's Nabucco

Verdi's NabuccoVerdi’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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