May 18 2014
Royal Opera House presents Nabucco

Royal Opera House presents Nabucco

Presented by Salt Lake Film Society at Broadway Centre Cinemas

 Following the spectacular failure of his second opera, Un giorno di regno, Giuseppe Verdi vowed never to compose another. But he was lured back to the theatre by Bartolomeo Merelli, the impresario of La Scala, Milan, with the commission for Nabucco. The resulting opera was a triumph – first performed in 1842, it was revived the same year with a run of 57 shows. As Verdi wrote: ‘with this opera, it can truly be said that my artistic career began.’

Daniele Abbado’s production is set in the second half of the 20th century and makes imaginative use of large-scale video projections to accompany and reflect the action on stage. An enormous chorus lends weight to epic numbers such as ‘Immenso Jehova’ – the Hebrew Slaves’ triumphant hymn of thanksgiving – and their song of exile, ‘Va, pensiero’, which is considered by many to be Italy’s unofficial national anthem. There are wonderful bass and baritone roles in the figures of Nabucco, the Babylonian King (based on the biblical King Nebuchadnezzar), and Zaccaria, the Hebrew prophet. And in Abigaille, Verdi created a memorable anti-heroine, at once terrifying and pitiable. Throughout, the score blends rhythmic vitality and powerful drama, and is on a scale that does justice to the opera’s epic themes.

Admission Info

$18 General $12 SLFS Members $9.25 Students

Dates & Times

2014/05/18 - 2014/05/18

Additional time info:

There will be a small intermission.

Location Info

Broadway Centre Cinemas

111 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Parking Info

Parking available in the parking structure to the east of the theater. Validation available up to four hours.