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Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901). Libretto Temistocle Solera.

Verdi’s classic opera depicts a brutal reality.

  • Duration

    Approx 2 h 50 min, incl. interval (35 min)

  • Dates

    26 Aug — 23 Sep 2023

  • Stage

    Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Language

    Italian, with Swedish and English titles.

  • Price

    150–690 kr

  • Accessibility

Verdi’s breakthrough is an incendiary opera dealing with freedom, oppression and atonement. Glorious arias, magnificent choruses – including “Va, pensiero”, also known as the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" – brought to life by an all-Italian team.

Nebuchadnezzar, the warlike King of Babylon, has two daughters: Abigaille, who conspires to seize power, and Fenena, who is in love with an Israelite, the Babylonians’ enemy. Those with nothing left to lose can resort to extreme methods to ensure the survival of their country, their faith and their love.

The Italian team updates this biblical tale of geopolitical strife and migration to the present day. Revolts follow hard on the heels of one another as an oppressed people rebel against tyranny, and one fundamentalist regime is replaced by another. The chorus plays a key role in the opera as the supporters of the warring factions.

The Göteborg Opera’s baritone Mats Persson performs Nabucco, whose perceptions of himself and society change as the plot develops. Once again, we will be able to enjoy soprano Zoya Tsererina in the Amazonian role of Abigaille. Two conductors take turns at the podium: Italian maestro Giancarlo Andretta and young Latvian rising star Aivis Greters.


Photos from the performance

In photo:  Thomas Lind, Ann-Kristin Jones|Photographer:  Lennart Sjöberg

Nabucco Mats Persson
IsmaeleTomas Lind
ZaccariaMats Almgren
Fenena (20/5, 24/5, 7/6, 10/6)Ann-Kristin Jones
Fenena (28/5, 31/5, 3/6)Katarina Giotas
High priest of BelDaniel Hayes

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“Va, pensiero”
Panel discussion