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At The Opera, Verdi: Nabucco (Cetra 1951) June 23, 2018

  

Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) is an Italian-language opera in four acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. The libretto is based on biblical books of Jeremiah and Daniel and the 1836 play by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornu, although Antonio Cortese's ballet adaptation of the play (with its necessary simplifications), given at La Scala in 1836, was a more important source for Solera than the play itself. Under its original name of Nabucodonosor, the opera was first performed at La Scala in Milan on March 9, 1842.

Nabucco is the opera which is considered to have permanently established Verdi's reputation as a composer. He commented that "this is the opera with which my artistic career really begins. And though I had many difficulties to fight against, it is certain that Nabucco was born under a lucky star".

It follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (in English, Nebuchadnezzar II). The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot. The best-known number from the opera is the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves", "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate" / "Fly, thought, on golden wings", a chorus which is regularly given an encore in many opera houses when performed today.

Cast:

Nabucco – Paolo Silveri

Ismaele – Mario Binci

Zaccaria – Antonio Cassinelli

Abigaile – Caterina Mancini

Orchestra and Chorus of RAI

Fernando Previtali – conductor

Certa – 1951 (mono)

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11pm
Verdi: Nabucco (Cetra 1951) BUY RAI; Fernando Previtali, conductor
10:00pm
10:54pm
Verdi: Aida, Act 3. Duetto. Cielo! Mio padre! BUY RAI; Angelo Questa , conductor
11:00pm
11:21pm
Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger excerpts BUY MET; Fritz Reiner, conductor
11:31pm
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci: Vesti la guibba - Beniamino Gigli BUY from Three Legendary Tenors in Opera & Song; composed by Leoncavallo
11:34pm
Puccini: La Bohème: Che gelida manina - Jussi Bjorling BUY from Three Legendary Tenors in Opera & Song; composed by Puccini
11:38pm
Massenet: Manon: Ah! fuyez douce image - Enrico Caruso BUY from Three Legendary Tenors in Opera & Song; composed by Massenet
11:43pm
Puccini: TOSCA: E lucevan le stelle - BUY from Three Legendary Tenors in Opera & Song; composed by Puccini
11:46pm
Puccini: TOSCA: Recondita armonia - BUY from Three Legendary Tenors in Opera & Song; composed by Puccini
11:48pm
Puccini: Turandot: Nessun dorma - BUY from Three Legendary Tenors in Opera & Song; composed by Puccini

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