|| Kelli C. Finn
|Il Gran Sacerdote:
da Corneto Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Philip Bauman, Conductor
Written when the composer was not yet thirty, Nabucco was Verdi’s third opera, but the first to bring him fame and place him among the most celebrated composers. The libretto by Temistocle Solera, loosely based on events from the Old Testament, tells the story of the legendary king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar as he leads his army against the Hebrews. Solera combines biblical themes with typically operatic melodramatic ones, and the conflict unfolds on many planes: political, family, and religious. Issues such as opposition to injustice, oppression and violence reflected Verdi’s democratic views, and the political allusions were obvious at the time the opera was written. However, first and foremost Nabucco is about the music, full of harmony and passion, including the most famous chorus of the slaves "Va, pensiero, sull' ali dorate” (Go, thoughts, on wings of gold).
Friday, November 30 at 7:30pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts - Skokie
9501 N. Skokie Blvd.
Box Office: 847.673.6300 (M-F 10am-5pm/Sa Noon-5pm)
Sunday, December 2 at 4:30pm
Harris Music & Dance Theater - Chicago
205 E. Randolph St.
Box Office: 312.334.7777 (M-F 12pm-6pm)