Opera Philadelphia presents Nabucco
Opera Philadelphia presents Nabucco (Sept. 27-Oct.6, 2013). On its surface, Nabucco is about the epic struggle of Zaccaria and the Jews suppressed by Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar and his vengeful daughter, Abigaille. But to Italians fighting for their freedom from Austria, Verdi’s first great opera was an inspiring call to arms. In an unprecedented spectacle, Opera Philadelphia produces this beloved biblical tale with a slight twist: while the classical story unfolds on stage, 19th century opera goers join the modern day audience. The result? An exhilarating opera-within-an-opera as the Academy transforms into La Scala to thrill all involved, especially with “Va, pensiero (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves),” adopted as Italy’s unofficial national anthem shortly after Nabucco’s premiere. This galvanizing, must-see production pays royal tribute to Verdi’s 200th birthday and the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.
An ancient story. A revolutionary telling.
OPERA AT THE ACADEMY
Academy of Music
240 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Estimated Running Time:
Approximately three hours, including one 20-minute and one 15-minute intermission
Performed in Italian with English supertitles