Nabucco at the Lyric opera in Chicago


Opera by Giuseppe Verdi

In Italian with projected English titles

January 2016
Saturday 01/23/16 7:30 PM
Wednesday 01/27/16 7:30 PM
Sunday 01/31/16 2:00 PM

February 2016
Wednesday02/03/16 2:00 PM
Saturday 02/06/16 7:30 PM
Tuesday 02/09/16 7:30 PM
Friday 02/12/16 7:30 PM

Politics. Religion. A dangerous love triangle. Plus two killer roles and some of the greatest choral music ever written, including the soul-stirring “Va, pensiero” chorus. The ensembles are as thrilling as the arias in the opera that made Verdi a star!

On one side, the fiery Hebrew priest Zaccaria, battling to lead his people from oppression. On the other, Nabucco, the tyrannical Babylonian king and his adopted daughter Abigaille, who will stop at nothing to get her father’s throne and her sister’s lover.

Photo: Cory Weaver (San Diego Opera)

Photo: Cory Weaver (San Diego Opera)

Željko Lučić (Lyric’s riveting Rigoletto in 2013) is Nabucco, a role compared to Shakespeare’s King Lear in its majestic sweep. This is Verdi’s first great role for baritone! Experience Nabucco’s journey from despised despot to self-proclaimed god — and then from paranoid madman to grateful father redeemed by faith.

And watch as dramatic-soprano phenom Tatiana Serjan eats up the stage as the warrior princess Abigaille, worthy sister to Lady Macbeth in her lust for power. There’s no leading lady in opera more formidable than Abigaille, who sails up to blockbusting high Cs at the slightest provocation!

Russian’s mighty Dmitry Belosselskiy is Zaccaria, one of Verdi’s few roles for a truly virtuoso bass. And velvet-voiced Elizabeth DeShong is Nabucco’s gentle daughter Fenena, whose sweet, soulful music is the perfect contrast to the fiery Abigaille!

Performance running time: 2 hours 38 minutes including 1 intermission

Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, the Harris Family Foundation, and Katherine A. Abelson and Robert J. Cornell are the generous sponsors of Lyric’s presentation of Verdi’s Nabucco. Lyric Opera production originally made possible by the Gramma Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa.

Please note that this production is different from the one originally announced in January 2015.



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