Operagasmic Production of the Week
by Christie Connolley
I love to arrive early to the opera. For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES! Once that is done, I delve into the program! I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers’ bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes! It is one of the best parts of going to the opera! So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.
The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Washington National Opera’s production of Nabucco!
Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco
April 28 – May 21
Libretto by Temistocle Solera
Washington, D.C. Premiere and New Production
Co-production with Minnesota Opera & Opera Company of Philadelphia
An epic struggle for freedom…and the soul of a nation.
For the first time in the company’s 56 years, WNO brings Nabucco, the opera that made Verdi famous, to the Opera House stage.
In a stunning new production by Thaddeus Strassberger, the epic struggle of the Jews suppressed by Babylon’s King Nabucco is echoed in Italy’s nationalist conflict with Austria at the time Verdi created the opera. This landmark work is filled with grand and gorgeous music, including one of opera’s most famous choruses, “Va pensiero,” adopted as Italy’s unofficial national anthem.
WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin conducts, and Franco Vassallo and Csilla Boross make their company debuts as Nabucco and Abigaille.
Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
The performance runs approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes, with one 20-minute intermission.
Opera Insight: Free preview of Verdi’s Nabucco and Massenet’s Werther on the Millennium Stage featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program on Fri., May 4 at 6 p.m.
O-Zone Lecture: Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House - Thu., May 10 at 6:15 p.m. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.
Artist Q&A’s follow the performances on: Sun., May 13 and Mon., May 21.
Series O Lecture: Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House especially designed for Generation O members and open to all Nabucco ticket holders – Fri., May 18 at 6:15 p.m. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.
Cast and Creative
- Franco Vassallo, Nabucco
- Leo An, Nabucco (May 15 only)
- Csilla Boross, Abigaille
- Burak Bilgili, Zaccaria
- Sean Panikkar, Ismaele
- Géraldine Chauvet, Fenena
- Soloman Howard, High Priest of Baal
- María Eugenia Antúnez, Anna
- Jeffrey Gwaltney, Abdallo
- Philippe Auguin, conductor
- Thaddeus Strassberger, director & set design
- Mattie Ullrich, costume design
- Diane Coburn Bruning, choreography