|Premiere:||Milan, March 9, 1842|
Verdi's first truly successful opera opens in ancient Jerusalem, as King Nabucco of Babylon, whose daughter Fenena is a hostage to the Jews, invades and sacks the Jewish Temple. Installed by Nabucco as Regent of Jerusalem and inspired by her love for the Jew Ismaele, Fenena converts to Judaism and frees the Jewish prisoners. The slave Abigaille, who claims to be Fenena's sister, also loves Ismaele and masterminds a vengeful plot to imprison Nabucco and steal the crown of Jerusalem for herself. In his cell, Nabucco dreams that Fenena is about to be executed, but he escapes in time to free her and also converts to Judaism, as a repentant Abigaille poisons herself.
More on Nabucco from Infoplease:
- The Royal Opera House: Nabucco - Starring Plácido Domingo, Andrea Caré, Vitalij Kowaljow
- Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco (HD) - Starring Igor Morosow, Bruno Ribeiro, Simon Yang, Gabriella Morigi, Elisabeth Kulman
- Nabucco: Live from Teatro Antico - Starring Juan Pons, Massimiliano Chiarolla, Francesco E. D'Artegna, Chiara Taigi, Eufemia Tufano
- Giuseppe Verdi - Verdi, Giuseppe Verdi, Giuseppe , 1813–1901, foremost Italian composer of opera, b. Le ...
- When Music and Politics Collide - the rise in vinyl record sales|From Verdi to Pussy Riot, musicians use their lyrics and music as a vehicle to express their political views.