Verdi's Nabucco

Arnaud Bernard (stage director), Daniel Oren (direction) – With George Gagnidze (Nabucco), Rubens Pelizzari (Ismaele)...

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Arnaud Bernard — Stage director, costume designer

Alessandro Camera — Set designer

Paolo Mazzon — Lighting designer

George Gagnidze — Nabucco

Rubens Pelizzari — Ismaele

Rafał Siwek — Zaccaria

Susanna Branchini — Abigaille

Nino Surguladze — Fenena

Nicolo Ceriani — Gran Sacerdote di Belo

Paolo Antognetti — Abdallo

Elena Borin — Anna

Coro della Fondazione Arena di Verona

Orchestra della Fondazione Arena di Verona

Daniel Oren — Conductor

Program notes

Verdi’s first unqualified hit gets the royal treatment in Arnaud Bernard’s 2017 production at Verona’s world-famous Roman amphitheater, the Arena di Verona! Starring George Gagnidze in the title role, Rubens Pelizzari as Ismaele, Susanna Branchini as Abigaille, and Nino Surguladze as Fenena, Bernard’s Nabucco transposes the dramatic tale of the Hebrew people fighting the Babylonian invaders of Jerusalem to mid-19th century Milan. There, the Milanese defend themselves against the Austrian aggressors, with the legendary La Scala opera house standing in for the cherished Temple of the Hebrew people. An imaginative retelling of one of Verdi's most cherished operatic masterpieces!

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