Israel has been conquered by the Babylonians, led by Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar), and its people enslaved. However, Nabucco’s family life and his succession are far from straightforward leading to his madness and decline. The captive Israelites seem doomed, but Nabucco’s recovery is seen as a miracle and leads to their deliverance. This was Verdi’s greatest success to date in Italy in 1842, seen as a call to arms for the Italian Risorgimento. This production from Genoa gives us the full experience of the Italian Grand Opera.
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