Opera by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Temistocle Solera
World premiere on March 9, 1842 in Milano La Scala
Premiere on December 29, 1996 in the Latvian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
“I can say with a certainty that this opera marked the beginning of my career as a composer”, said Giuseppe Verdi. In 1840, after the death of both children and his wife, Giuseppe Verdi is stricken by a deep depression. Only after two years, in 1842, the composer overcomes his crises, settles down to work and writes “Nabucco”. The resounding triumph after the performance of “Nabucco” opened the era of glory for Giuseppe Verdi’s operas.
The LNO stage version of Nabucco is based on the concept of time. The theme of time can be traced also in the visual interpretation of the production- it is the course of the sun, the course of human life and, above all, the judgement of the Supreme Power of our thoughts and deeds.