Word of The Day!
by Erica Papillion-Posey
The more I delve in to the art of opera- the more I absolutely love it and all the history that comes along it!
One of my favorite phrases, “We know but we don’t really know,” often sums up my life experiences. On a daily basis, as students, patrons and performers of opera it is taken for granted that we ”know” all of its associations. Often is the case that much historical content falls through, slips by or is just never taught.
Incidentally, I periodically forget that this e-Magazine was established to cater to those opera novices that are not as knowledgeable as those experienced aficionados. With that, this past week, I was in ear-shot of a conversation that took place regarding this well-known Verdi staple and its meaning. So- this one is for that student, patron and burgeoning performer that just did not know….
Giuseppe Verdi’s four act opera based on the biblical story and the 1836 play by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornue. It is Verdi’s third opera and is considered to have permanently established his reputation as a composer.
Nabucco follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar II). The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot.
Its first performance took place on 9 March 1842 at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan under the original name of Nabucodonosor. The definitive name of Nabucco for the opera (and its protagonist) was first used at a performance at the San Giacomo Theatre of Corfu, in September, 1844.