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07. Dec



Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)

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Dramma lirico in four parts
Libretto by Temistocle Solera
First performed on 9. March, 1842 at Milan
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 8. September, 2013

Recommended from 14 years on

In Italian language with German and English surtitles

2 hrs 45 mins / 1 interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance



Carlo Montanaro
Stephan Zilias (06.06.2020 | 13.06.2020)


Keith Warner

Stage design

Tilo Steffens

Costume design

Julia Müer

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines


George Gagnidze
Amartuvshin Enkhbat (21.12.2019 | 27.12.2019)


Robert Watson
Attilio Glaser (02.10.2019 | 21.12.2019 | 27.12.2019 | 06.06.2020 | 13.06.2020)


John Relyea
Mika Kares (21.12.2019 | 27.12.2019)
Andreas Bauer Kanabas (06.06.2020 | 13.06.2020)


Maria Guleghina
Anna Pirozzi (21.12.2019 | 27.12.2019)
Liudmyla Monastyrska (06.06.2020 | 13.06.2020)


Annika Schlicht
Jana Kurucová (21.12.2019 | 27.12.2019)
Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (06.06.2020 | 13.06.2020)

High priest of Baal

Dogukan Özkan
Padraic Rowan (21.12.2019 | 27.12.2019)
Byung Gil Kim (06.06.2020 | 13.06.2020)


Jörg Schörner
Gideon Poppe (21.12.2019 | 27.12.2019 | 06.06.2020 | 13.06.2020)


Flurina Stucki
Aviva Fortunata (27.12.2019 | 06.06.2020 | 13.06.2020)

About the performance

“Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate” – Take flight, thought, on golden wings”. When those words first rang out in the Milan Scala on 9th March 1842, sung by the Hebrew slaves chorus in the third act of NABUCCO, Giuseppe Verdi's new opera, the master was making history. The “Slaves Chorus” was quickly adopted as the unofficial national anthem of a not-yet-unified Italy and the hopes of a generation of opera-goers were suddenly vested in the young composer.

The dramatic tale of Israelite subjugation under the Babylonian yoke of King Nebuchadnezzar remains one of Verdi's best-known operas and was last staged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin by Hans Neuenfels 13 years ago. In Verdi's anniversary year 2013 the material was being rendered by Keith Warner, one of the big names in international opera. The Englishman has directed LOHENGRIN at the Bayreuth Festival and THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG at Covent Garden and more recently for the Copenhagen Opera. Set in the same period that the piece was written, a time of transition from feudalism to a bourgeois, industrialising society, Warner's NABUCCO focuses on the opposing natures of two nations – the modern Hebrews, whose culture is informed by a script and by education as a democratic ideal, and the militaristic Babylonians, whose concept of a state is founded in autocratic rule.

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Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.



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