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Mountain View, California 55 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, California 94043
18 - Oct
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(Nearby Event: Arts & Theater)
Where:Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California, United States, 94306
Nabucco

This is West Bay Opera's first production ever of Verdi's Nabucco.The story is based on the biblical books of Jeremiah and Daniel as well as on the homonymous play by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornu, and especially on Antonio Cortese's ballet adaptation of that play, as seen at the Teatro alla Scala in 1836. Nabucco, originally entitled Nabucodonosor (the full name, in Italian, of the Babylonian king) was the opera that established Verdi as a major opera composer. The most famous selection from it, "Va pensiero," the chorus of the Hebrew slaves, yearning for their lost homeland, is often associated with Italian national pride and resistance during the time of Austrian domination of northern Italy. The demanding score is replete with majestic choral sections, major ensembles and very challenging arias and it requires virtuosic singing and orchestral playing. Abigaile, the main soprano role, has some of the most difficult coloratura passagework in the entire operatic repertoire. Guseppina Strepponi, who sang the first Abigaile, became Verdi's second wife. Nabucco (the main baritone role) is also tremendously demanding, vocally and histrionically, even including a mad scene. We present it unabridged and fully staged, set in biblical times in Jerusalem and Babylon, in collaboration with the Assyrian Arts Institute.
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