Nabucco - Vienna Opera with Placido Domingo

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PreviousSeptember 2022

With this work, Verdi founded his worldwide fame. The Prisoners' Chorus from the third act has remained a hit. But the rest of the opera saves not wonderful, rousing and catchy melodies.

1. Part
Jerusalem: there is war between Assyria and Israel. Nabucco, king of Assyria, has occupied Jerusalem, and the last survivors of the Israelites - Levites and temple people - have fled to the sanctuary of the temple. The prophet Zaccaria takes a hostage: Fenena, Nabucco's daughter, who once helped the Jews Ismaele to escape from Babylon; Fenenas sister Abigail him at that time held out of jealousy. Ismaele Fenena will help to escape, since both surprised by Abigail. They extorted Ismaele: Only his love for her could not save the Jews. Ismaele chooses Fenena. As Nabucco enters the temple, Zaccaria will kill his hostage, but he falls Ismaele in the arm and rescues Fenena. His people cursed him. All Hebrews go into captivity.

2. Part
Blasphemy: Ismaele accursed lives in freedom. Nabucco Fenena has passed for the period of his absence, the crown. The chief priest of the Babylonians Abigaille can send a secret document which sets out the reasons for their deprivation: she is the daughter of a slave. Thus, Abigail is benützbar blackmail and for the power demands of the high priest. He offers her the crown of the priesthood is the rumor of the death of Nabucco has already been disseminated.
To break the spell of Ismaele, Fenena has freed the Jews, but they remain ruthless. With her conversion to Judaism makes Fenena is guilty of high treason - exactly on schedule, the high priest. Both sisters are now rivals the power, but the decisive battle out in the background and the high priest Zaccaria. The returned Nabucco faces on all sides betrayed and cursed both the Babylonian and the Jewish faith. As a new instance, he sets himself an equal to God - the first victim will be Fenena. This arrogance and abuse of his power to collapse Nabucco,

3. Part
The Prophecy: Abigaille can now enjoy the glory of a Queen: All Hebrews are back in captivity - including the beloved Ismaele. The High Priest calls for the destruction of all. The clairvoyant madness by Nabucco sees through Abigaille intentions. Father and daughter are now blackmailing each other: He calls her a slave, they provoked him with his weakness as a king. Nabucco is still not ready to understand the fate of an entire people, he only asks for mercy for Fenena. In vain. After he signed the death warrant, he himself becomes a prisoner. In prison, the Jews are waiting for death. Zaccaria predicts in a bloody vision of doom and destruction to all enemies of Israel.

4. Part
The Fallen Idol: Nabucco is drawn by the terrible events. He mourned his life, the life of peoples and daughter murderer. Suddenly, the doors of the prison open. Nabucco and his soldiers can prevent the execution of the Jews and Fenena free. For Abigail it comes too late. She has put an end to their feud. The king of the Assyrians gives everyone the freedom. Peace could be between Assyria and Israel ...

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