Verdi's first hit opera, Nabucco, comes to us in a 2013 production from the same, historic theater where its world premiere was staged in 1842. It's one of many Verdi operas in which his patriotic followers found a timely political agenda woven into an exotic, historical context, and its emotional chorus "Va Pensiero" became a sort of unofficial Italian national anthem.
The stars are baritone Leo Nucci in the title role, and soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the emotionally complex role of Abigaille. The production is led by conductor Nicola Luisotti.
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Nabucco: Leo Nucci (baritone)
Abigaille: Liudmyla Monastyrska (soprano )
Ismaele: Alexander Antonanko (tenor)
Fenena: Veronica Simeoni (mezzo-soprano)
Zaccaria: Vitaly Kovalyov (bass)
High Priest of Baal: Ernesto Panariello (bass)
Anna: Tatyana Ryaguzova (soprano)
Abdallo: Giuseppe Veneziano (tenor)
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus