Washington National Opera Nabucco Tickets
The history of the human civilization upon planet Earth is mired in conundrums and convolutions that have been introduced into the peoples' collective psyche through religious literature, clay and rock tablet records, especially those in the cuneiform script, rock carvings and paintings in caves and on temple walls and the inexplicable monuments themselves, such as the Pyramids at Giza as well as the monolithic granite blocks in their vicinity that weigh several hundred tons each having been quarried from almost 500 kilometers away. Equally confounding are the massive laser precision cut blocks composing the walls at Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco or at Puma Punku in Bolivia. Amongst the so-called great wonders of the world are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon whose construction is apparently credited to the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II.
Buy Washington National Opera Nabucco Tickets
Washington National Opera Nabucco
In historical records as well as in the Bible, especially in the Book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar has been portrayed as the virtual Hitler of his day. Though not carrying out a mass culling of the Jewish people of the conquered regions of Judah and Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar II sent them into exile twice and also destroyed the First Temple that had been built by King Solomon. However, other rabbinic sources claim that the temple was destroyed more than a century after the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II that lasted from 634 – 562 BC. The Verdi opera Nabucco depicts the mainstream view of this Babylonian tyrant and interweaves a romance between two lovers from opposing sides a la Romeo and Juliet, a spectacle that you can witness from start to finish by getting some cheap Nabucco tickets now.
The Nabucco opera, based on four acts, starts off with the Jews seeking refuge from the scourge King Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar II) and waiting for the fate to befall them. Their de facto leader, High Priest Zaccaria tells them to be steadfast in the God of Israel who had preciously displayed his benevolence on the Jews when they were led out of Egypt by Moses. They also have Nabucco's daughter Fenena as their hostage, who has already developed feelings for Ismaele, who is the nephew of the so-called King of Jerusalem. However, Nabucco's older daughter Abigaille also has her own designs regarding Ishmael's affections and when she threatens her younger sister with her life, Ismaele intervenes and consequently Nabucco destroys Solomon's Temple. The opera continues with Abigaille discovering her concealed parentage, Fenena converting to Judaism for her lover Ismaele, and Nabucco elevating himself to a god who is superior to both Baal and Jehovah, but then being struck down by a mysterious thunderbolt. In the aftermath, Nabucco is magically transformed into a loyal devotee of the god of Israel and after breaking the idol of the Babylonian deity Baal, pledges to rebuild Solomon's Temple to reestablish the power of Jews, with he himself being proclaimed by Zaccaria as the King of Kings.
Your cheap Nabucco tickets will enable you to assess the operatic yarn put forth in performance piece that was crafted by the historically renowned Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi to a libretto in Italian by Temistocle Solera. Verdi based the Nabucco opera on the play that had been penned earlier by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois, who had also worked with Alexander Dumas and Francis Cornue. The Nabucco was Verdi's third opera, coming after Oberto and Un giorno di regno, and was composed by him whilst he was still in his twenties.
Nabucco premiered at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 9th March, 1842 and initially opened under the name of Nabucodonosor. The name Nabucco came into use two years later when the opera was performed at the San Giacomo Theatre in the Greek island of Corfu. Since these early performances, the Nabucco opera has become mostly recognized due to the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves," or Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate as it is originally called in Italian.
Though not popular amongst opera aficionados, Nabucco has nonetheless transcended the decades and is part of the regularly performed repertoires of internationally renowned operatic entities such as the Metropolitan Opera and Arena de Verona. Several notable Nabucco performances are available on DVD, such as the 2007 Arena di Verona version and the 2001 Vienna State Opera staging. So for witnessing operatic overtures and askew arias centering on ancient shenanigans, book some Nabucco tickets now.
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