Giuseppe Verdi NABUCCO 160 min




Pier Giorgio Morandi / Robert Homen

Stage director

Giancarlo del Monaco

Set and costume designer

William Orlandi

Lighting designer

Wolfgang von Zoubek

Assistant set and costume designer

Francesco Bonati

Assistant conductor

Andreas Gies

Assistant stage director

Martina Zdilar Sertić

Assistant costume designer

Ana Trišler

Chorus master

Luka Vukšić

Ensemble of the performance


Željko Lučić / Siniša Hapač


Kristina Kolar / Natasa Katai


Luciano Batinić / Ivica Čikeš


Emilia Rukavina / Dina Jularić Ivančić


Domagoj Dorotić / Roko Radovan


Ivo Gamulin / Siniša Galović


Siniša Štork / Ozren Bilušić


Adela Golac Rilović / Tamara Franetović Felbinger

Orchestra and Chorus of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

Stage managers

Aleksandra Ćorluka, Zrinka Petrušanec


Marija Dražančić

Concert master / mistress

Mojca Ramušćak, Vlatka Peljhan

Artistic leader of the Opera Studio

Nina Cossetto


Helena Borović, Darijan Ivezić


The four-act lyrical-drama opera Nabucco was composed by Giuseppe Verdi as his third opera in 1841 to the Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera after the drama Nabucodonosor of Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornue from 1836 and the scenario of the ballet carrying the same title by Antonio Cortesi from 1838. The opera was first performed under the title Nabucodonosor in La Scala in Milan and its great success permanently established Verdi's reputation of a great opera composer. The theme of the opera is the burdensome history of the Jewish people whom the Babylonian king, conqueror Nebuchadnezzar II attacked, defeated and exiled from their homeland, although the historical events are used only as a background for a romantic and political plot. Verdi, as a great patriot was especially inspired by the scene in which the captured Jews, on the shores of Euphrates yearn for their far away homeland, so in one night he wrote the very famous choir aria Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate / Hasten thoughts on golden wings that became the dramaturgical and music centre of the work. Soon after the world opening night, this chorus spread throughout the Italian streets and was sung as a revolutionary hymn. Today it is used in many opera houses around the world for encores.

Almost forty years after the last staging of Nabucco, the conductor of the new production on the stage of the Zagreb Opera is Pier Giorgio Morandi and the stage director Giancarlo del Monaco.