By Giuseppe Verdi

  • Language - In Italian with projected English titles
  • Running Time - 2 hours 47 minutes including 1 intermission

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. The ensembles are as thrilling as the arias in the opera that made Verdi a star!

On one side, the fiery Hebrew priest Zaccaria, battling to lead his people from oppression. On the other, Nabucco, the tyrannical Babylonian king and his 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. This is Verdi’s first great role for baritone! Experience Nabucco’s journey from despised despot to self-proclaimed god -- and 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. There’s no leading lady in opera more formidable than Abigaille, who sails up to blockbusting high Cs at the slightest provocation!

Russian’s mighty Dmitry Belosselskiy is Zaccaria, one of Verdi’s few roles for a truly virtuoso bass. And velvet-voiced Elizabeth DeShong is Nabucco’s gentle daughter Fenena, whose sweet, soulful music is the perfect contrast to the fiery Abigaille!

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This production of Nabucco was presented at Lyric January 23 – February 12, 2016. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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by Giuseppe Verdi

Warner Classics – Manuguerra, Scotto, cond. Muti

“Deh perdona, deh perdona”
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“Va, pensiero”
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by Giuseppe Verdi

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin
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Nabucco Synopsis

TIME: 586 B.C. 

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Meet The Artists

Željko Lučić


Tatiana Serjan


Dmitry Belosselskiy


Elizabeth DeShong


Sergey Skorokhodov


Stefan Szkafarowsky

High Priest

Laura Wilde


Jesse Donner


Carlo Rizzi


Matthew Ozawa


Michael Yeargan

Set Designer

Jane Greenwood

Costume Designer

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, The 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