The Met Live in HD: Nabucco (Verdi) – With Pre-Opera Talk
January 6, 2024
Pre-Opera Talk by Dr. Morton Achter @ 11:45 AM
Following each performance, there will be a brief “post-opera” discussion
Ancient Babylon comes to life in this classic Met staging of biblical proportions. Baritone George Gagnidze stars as the imperious king Nabucco, alongside soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, reprising her thrilling turn as his vengeful daughter Abigaille. Mezzo-soprano Maria Barakova and tenor SeokJong Baek are Fenena and Ismaele, whose love transcends politics, and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy repeats his celebrated portrayal of the high priest Zaccaria. Daniele Callegari conducts Verdi’s exhilarating early masterpiece, which features the ultimate showcase for the great Met Chorus, the moving “Va, pensiero.”
Approx. runtime: 3 hours, 6 minutes (1 intermission)
Nabucco (1842; the title character is perhaps better known as Nabucodonosor) was Verdi’s third opera, but first outright success. The biblical story is set in ancient Babylon and Jerusalem, and the music (especially the choruses) is some of the composer’s finest. One chorus in particular will be a surprise to modern ears.
Dr. Morton Achter:
This is the fourteenth season of The Met: Live in HD for which Morton Achter, a resident of Topsham and formerly of New Harbor, will present a series of pre-opera talks prior to selected broadcasts at the Lincoln Theater. A retired college professor, Dr. Achter has taught about, produced, and directed opera and related stage genres for over sixty-five years. Educated at the Eastman School of Music and M.I.T., and holding a Ph.D. in music and theater history from the University of Michigan, locally he has directed productions for the Lincoln County Community Theater, River Company, Round Top Center for the Arts, and Bath’s Chocolate Church Arts Center. He has served on the Board of Directors of Midcoast Senior College in Brunswick, and has offered music- and theater-related courses for the organization since 2010.
This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.
The 2023-24 Schedule is subject to change per The Met Live in HD
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