For the first time since 1981, Riverwalk A&E partner Florida Grand Opera is presenting Nabucco, the opera credited with launching famous composer Giuseppe Verdi’s career. Set against the backdrop of the Israelites’ plight in the face of Babylonian domination, Nabucco’s biblical themes are intertwined with a passionate love story, political turmoil, and a compelling musical score.
The opera was composed in 1841, as tensions ran high in Northern Italy from Austrian occupation, drawing a parallel between the struggles of the Israelites and those of Verdi’s compatriots.
Guests experience the anguish as Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), 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? Can love between two people endure in such a place?
Leading a stellar double cast, the role of Nabucco will be shared by two Hispanic baritones, Dario Solari and Nelson Martinez, in their company debuts. Embodying the dramatic character Abigaille are two of the world’s leading Abigailles today: sopranos Maria Guleghina and Susan Neves, each making her company debut.
Nabucco will be performed at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Au-Rene Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 8. Prices range from $21–$200 per ticket. Club Level tickets are $139 each. Visit FGO.orgfor more information and to purchase tickets.
It’s been 33 years since Florida Grand Opera presented this exhilarating opera – don’t miss it!