“Nabucco”– Giuseppe Verdi

June 18, 2016, 11:59 pm

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Politics. Religion. A dangerous love triangle. Plus two killer roles and some of the greatest choral music ever written, including the soul-stirring “Va, pensiero” chorus. This is the opera that made Verdi a star!

On one side, the fiery Hebrew priest Zaccaria, battling to lead hispeople from oppression. On the other, Nabucco, the tyrannical Babylonian king and hisformidable adopted daughter Abigaille, who will stop at nothing to get her father’s throne and her sister’s lover.

Željko Lučić, Lyric’s riveting Rigoletto in 2013, is Nabucco, a role compared to Shakespeare’s King Lear in its majestic sweep. Experience his journey from despised despot to self-proclaimed god; then from paranoid madman to grateful father redeemed by faith. And watch

as dramatic-soprano phenom Tatiana Serjan eats up the stage as the warrior princess Abigaille, worthy sister to Lady Macbeth in her lust for power. Mighty Russian bass Dmitry Belosselskiy is Zaccaria.

*This is a rebroadcast of a previously recorded live event.