This production will see Nabucco being staged at the Astra after an absence of twenty years. It was last performed in our theatre in 1994, a production that was a resounding success with both critics and public. Nabucco is a tour-de-force and one of Verdi’s most popular operas and this not least because of the leading role that the choir has in this opera. In fact, the choir in Nabucco is considered one of the main protagonists, alongside that of Nabucco and Abigaille. Nabucco will be performed on Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th October 2014. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be under the direction of Teatru Astra and Mediterranea’s Music and Artistic Director, Prof. Joseph Vella, while the regia will once again be entrusted to Enrico Stinchelli.
Nabucco 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 the Biblical story and the 1836 play by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornue, although Antonio Cortese's ballet adaptation of the play, 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 9 March 1842.
A seond performance will be staged on Saturday 25 October 2014
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