NABUCCO RETURNS TO ICE KRAKÓW!
In March, Giuseppe Verdi’s famous Nabucco will once again return to Krakow. The main role will be played by Giulio Boschetti, known to the Polish audiences from his stellar performances during the Verdi Gala concerts. He will be accompanied by Silvia Rampazzo, playing the role of Abigail, the Polish Opera Choir and Roncole Verdi Orchestra. The event will take place on the 16th of March 2016 at 7:00 PM.
The scenography, prepared for the famous opera was inspired by the ancient Ishtar Gate and its distinct characteristic – a riot of colour – used for its decorations. It will be complemented by colourful stylised costumes.
Even though Nabucco produced by the Pro Musica Artistic Agency will be performed only for the 4th time, since its premiere performance on the 31st of October 1994 in Stuttgart it was successfully presented on over 170 prestigious stages, including Tonhalle in Zurich, International Congress Center in Berlin, Theatre d’Esche in Luxembourg, Theatre de Beaulieu in Lausanne and Alte Oper in Frankfurt.
NABUCCO is one of the first operas composed by Verdi, which made its author successful and famous since its premiere performance on the 9th of March 1842 at La Scala. The phenomenon of this masterpiece is connected with the history of Italy. In that time, the northern provinces of the country were under the Austrian rule and Verdi, who was a fervent patriot, actively supported independence movements.
It is reflected in the opera – the main theme of the libretto is the striving of the Jewish nation for freedom from Babylonian bondage. The analogy was clearly visible; the sublime music composed by Verdi captivated people and inspired turbulent patriotic demonstrations, and the beautiful Va pensiero... became an unofficial anthem of Italy. Even the name of the composer himself was used by the revolutionaries as an acronym, meaning Victor Emmanuel, Rex d'Italia (V.E.R.D.I.)
In Poland, Nabucco was performed for the first time in 1850 in Lviv, and in 1852 in the Grand Theatre in Warsaw.
After World War II, the Silesian Opera performed Nabucco in May 1983, in a brilliant interpretation by Napoleon Siess, and Va pensiero... sung from behind the bars with raised hands was a really moving accent, especially since martial law in Poland was still in place at that time.
Currently, Verdi’s Nabucco is an obligatory point in the repertoire of almost every opera in the world.
Duration: 135 minutes with an intermission
NABUCCO - Giulio Boschetti (Italy)
ABIGAILLE - Silvia Rampazzo (Italy)
ZACCARIA - Damian Konieczek (Poland)
FENENA - Aksana Yakushevich (Belarus)
ISMAELE - Roberto Jachini Virgili (Italy)
ABDALLO - Bartosz Nowak (Poland)
ANNA - Monika Piechaczek (Poland)
HIGH PRIEST OF BAAL - Jarosław Zawartko (Poland)
Polish Opera Choir
Roncole Verdi Orchestra