March 06, 2019

The reviews are in for Verdi’s soul-stirring "Nabucco"

Verdi’s impassioned opera Nabucco, known for its unstoppable drama and rousing choral music, opened at Lyric on January 23. The reviews are in and there’s a lot of buzz about the twisted tale of politics, religion, and love! See for yourself what the critics are saying:

See what critics are saying about Verdi's NABUCCO

Director, Matthew Ozawa, (briefly) explains the plot of NABUCCO

"One of the most cohesive, exciting Verdi productions Lyric has mounted in years.” - Chicago Tribune

"The return of Nabucco to Lyric’s stage is worth the nearly 20-year wait." - Chicago Sun-Times

“Some of the most thrilling singing heard in Chicago in years.” - Chicago Classical Review

“The singing is uniformly excellent.” – NewCity Stage

“Tatiana Serjan is a dynamo on stage.” - Chicago Sun-Times

“The Lyric Opera Chorus under chorus master Michael Black rose to the occasion with their best work in recent memory.” –

“The Russian bass Dmitry Belosselskiy showed why he is a rising artist to watch.” –Chicago On The Aisle

"Filled with one crowd-pleasing moment after another."  - Chicago Tribune

 “As a character actress, Serjan is beyond compare, delivering instantly the sense of a complete persona as soon as she storms on stage.” - Bachtrack

 “Lyric Opera’s Nabucco delivers the Verdian goods.” - Chicago Classical Review

“It is a stunning performance, both regal and raw.” –Chicago On The Aisle

“One first-rate performance after another.” - Chicago Sun-Times

“Tatiana Serjan is a powerful actor with a lavish instrument.” – NewCity Stage

Nabucco delivers brilliance on all fronts.” - Chicago Tribune

“Serjan does not sing the role of the Babylonian princess, Nabucco’s supposed daughter, so much as she becomes the character.” –Chicago On The Aisle

“Carlo Rizzi conducted with fine Verdian style, and gave an exciting, propulsive version of the score.” –

An exemplary cast.” -Bachtrack

“Simply electrifying vocally and dramatically.” -Chicago Classical Review

"A visually rich, vocally compelling Lyric Opera of Chicago production.”  - Chicago Sun-Times

Hauntingly lovely.” – NewCity Stage

“The return of conductor Carlo Rizzi was triumphant.” – Chicago Classical Review 

“It was a grand night of Verdi singing and playing.” –

Nabucco has all the makings of grand opera.” - Chicago Sun-Times

“One could hardly conceive a better way to heat up the bleak Chicago midwinter than with some blood-and-thunder Verdi.” – Chicago Classical Review

Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable TrustThe Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, the Harris Family Foundation, and Katherine A. Abelson and Robert J. Cornell are the generous sponsors of Lyric’s presentation of Verdi's Nabucco.

Lyric Opera production originally made possible by the Gramma Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa.

Photo: Cory Weaver