Seattle Opera Presents Nabucco – Verdi ‘s first “Big Hit”

Nabucco © Philip Newton courtesy of Seattle Opera
Nabucco © Philip Newton courtesy of Seattle Opera

Article published by l’Italo Americano on August 13, 2015 by Lina de la Torre:

Nabucco helped launch Giuseppe Verdi’s spectacular career in Milan in 1842 and still thrills audiences around the world. Seattle Opera opened their debut of Verdi’s masterpiece on Saturday, August 8th, with an inventive new production. Seattle Opera’s aim is to put the orchestra at the heart of the action and to bring the singers’ artistry into sharp focus. The spare stage setting with a larger-than-life projected background image supports the ample cast beautifully.

There are Italians involved with the production. The role of Abigaille is being interpreted by two different and talented performers: Mary Elizabeth Williams, who has collaborated with Seattle Opera in the past, and the Italian singer, Raffaella Angeletti, who appears in her Seattle Opera debut. Italian Maestro Carlo Montanaro interprets Verdi expertly and leads the orchestra with passion and subtlety as befits the sophisticated score.

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