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Conductor : 
Paolo Arrivabeni
Director : 
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera
Choirmaster : 
Pierre Iodice
Artist : 
Leo Nucci, Ionut Pascu, Virginia Tola, Tatiana Melnychenko, Orlin Anastassov, Enrico Iori, Giulio Pelligra, Cristian Mogosan, Na’ama Goldman, Roger Joakim, Anne Renouprez, Papuna Tchuradze
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Tue, 18/10/2016 to Sat, 29/10/2016

Last performance at the Opera : Septembre 2007.

Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians lay siege to Jerusalem. The Jewish people, reduced to slavery, are holding the king’s daughter, Fenena. She loves Ismael, nephew of the king of Jerusalem. Abigail, the illegitimate daughter of Nabucco, is her rival. When the latter is struck down for having taken himself to be the equal of the gods, she seizes power, condemns her half-sister and torments the population...


The genius of Giuseppe Verdi resides in the wonderful dramatic tension that subtends his operas and in the irresistible beauty of his melodies. Nabucco, narrating a famous biblical episode, contains in its heart the claims to independence of the Italian people, subjected for too long to foreign domination. Found amid the human passions expressed by the superb arias is a superb chorus, as the Jewish population sings its nostalgia for its homeland. Va pensiero, a simple and pure melody par excellence became, right from the opera’s premiere, a symbol of unity of the Italian population. Today, this alternative national anthem has crossed the borders and expresses the pain of all systems of oppression.

For this masterpiece, which unleashed a storm of enthusiasm at La Scala in Milan at its premier in 1841 and which would go on to make Verdi the most famous musician in Italy, a double and prestigious cast listing is essential. We will find the great Leo Nucci who will share the title role with Ionut Pascu. Abigaille Abigail will be played by the two sopranos Virginia Tola and Tatiana Melnychenko. This show will be of particular significance for Paolo Arrivabeni since it is the first opera he conducted in Liege.

Absent from our stage since 2007, Nabucco is back in a production by Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera for a new co-production by the Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv and Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.


All opera performances are preceded by an introduction to the show that is open to all. The appointment is set 30 minutes before the performance in the company of a lecturer for a presentation that is pertinent to the work.