Nabucco is the opera that launched the spectacular career of Giuseppe Verdi, considered by many to be the greatest Italian opera composer.
This opera captures the voice of the ancient Hebrews and their struggle as exiles. In fact, it speaks with the voice of all exiles. It will touch your heart if you or your family have endured the pain of yearning for your homeland. Experience the anguish as Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylonia, destroys the Temple and forces the Hebrews from their homeland. Follow their journey as they are taken into bondage, and feel their grief. Will they survive in this new land or will they perish? And can love between two people endure in such a place?
One of the highlights of the opera is the famous chorus “Va pensiero,” which expresses the Hebrew slaves’ longing for their homeland, and which became the unofficial national anthem of Italy. It will bring you to tears.