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NABUCCO Giuseppe Verdi
From Opéra royal de Wallonie, Liège, 2016
Opera in 4 Acts. 
Run time: 134 min.
Libretto by Temistocle Solera
Sung in Italian with English subtitles

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. The great Leo Nucci stars in the title role, alongside soprano Virginia Tola as Abigaille.

Conductor Paolo Arrivabeni
Director Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera
Set designs Alexandre Heyraud
Costume designs Fernand Ruiz
Lighting designs Franco Marri
Chorus master Pierre Iodice

Nabucco Leo Nucci
Abigaille Virginia Tola
Zaccaria Enrico Ior
Ismaele Giulio Pelligra
Fenena Na’ama Goldman
Il Gran Sacerdote di Belo Roger Joakim
Anna Anne Renouprez
Abdallo Papuna Tchuradze
Orchestra and Choirs: Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Rated NR

Playing at South Hadley's Tower Theaters
Opera: La Gioconda
Opera: La Gioconda(2019)
Amilcare Ponchielli
From the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, April, 2019

Opera in 4 Acts. 
Run time: 3 hrs., 55 min.
Libretto by Arrigo Boito
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

In 17th-century Venice, Enzo Grimaldo has abandoned the unfortunate Gioconda – whose mother, La Cieca, is accused of witchcraft – and is now in love with Laura, the wife of Alvise. This emblematic work, from the period between Verdi's heyday and the dawn of Verismo, is the best known of Amilcare Ponchielli's operas. In addition to the famous “Dance of the Hours” and Gioconda's suicide aria, La Gioconda contains many other superbly lyrical examples of post-Romantic sensibility. The masterful orchestration and the vocal writing of roles such as Laura, La Cieca, Enzo Grimaldo and Barnaba, are other key facets. The distinguished cast will be headed by Saioa Hernández, who has recently emerged as one of the most promising new stars of opera in Spain.

Conductor Guillermo García Calvo
Director Pier Luigi Pizzi
Set&Costume Design Pier Luigi Pizzi
Choreography Gheorge Iancu
Lighting Massimo Gasparon
Chorus Master Conxita Garcia

Gioconda Saioa Hernández
Laura Adorno Dolora Zajick
Alvise Badoero Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
La Cieca María José Montiel
Enzo Grimaldi Brian Jagde
Barnaba Gabriele Viviani

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Rated NR