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Verdi: Nabucco

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  • The Met: Live in HD at Müpa Budapest

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The premiere of Nabucco left a lasting impression on even the most knowledgeable and discerning viewers and listeners, such as Gaetano Donizetti, who was overheard saying "Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!" even days after the performance. Undoubtedly, the audience of this Met transmission will feel something similar. Under the timeless and visually stunning direction of Elijah Moshinsky, George Gagnidze takes on the title role of Nabucco with his commanding voice, while the challenging solo of Abigaille is expertly handled by Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, a favourite among New York audiences.

Despite its global success, Nabucco was rarely staged at the Metropolitan for many years, until Elijah Moshinsky's production in 2001 finally made it a hit opera at the venue. Now, the role of the self-proclaimed godlike ruler of Neo-Babylon is being presented by the excellent Georgian baritone, George Gagnidze, joining the ranks of other significant singers like Juan Pons, Leo Nucci, and Plácido Domingo. The performance conducted by Daniele Callegari boasts a cast of seasoned performers, returning favourites, and fresh faces making their debut. Keep an eye out for SeokJong Baek, a young tenor from South Korea, who will be making his debut in the role of Ismaele. Meanwhile, the stunning bass of Dmitrij Beloselskiy will be familiar to those who have previously admired his performance as High Priest Zaccaria. With multiple performances at the Met and other world-renowned opera houses, Liudmyla Monastyrska has established herself as one of the most dedicated interpreters of the role of Abigaille. If we call her the shining star of the production, what else could we say about the chorus of the New York Metropolitan, which proves its polished sound, splendid harmony, and team spirit on every occasion with the performance of the renowned Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves.

The superior quality broadcasts in Müpa Budapest are screened in the original language with Hungarian and English subtitles.

The 'Metropolitan Opera Live in HD' transmissions have been made possible through the cooperation of our partner, s.r.o.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Daniele Callegari
  • Nabucco
    George Gagnidze
  • Ismaele
    SeokJong Baek
  • Zaccaria
    Dmitrij Beloselskiy
  • Abigaille
    Liudmyla Monastyrska
  • Fenena
    Maria Barakova
  • The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
  • Set design
    John Napier
  • Costumes
    Andreane Neofitou
  • Lighting
    Howard Harrison
  • Director
    Elijah Moshinsky

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