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Listen: Leo Nucci on playing Nabucco

The Italian baritone on Verdi as a towering figure of Italian art, and his own childhood.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

28 March 2013 at 10.01pm | Comment on this article

Italian baritone Leo Nucci gave an insight into Daniele Abbado's new production of Nabucco at a recent ROH Insights event.

Leo is singing the role of King Nabucco, a role he estimates he has performed around two hundred and fifty times at opera houses around the world. 'For me, Nabucco is something really special. I debuted in it when I was 51 years old. [The role] needs a man with experience of life.'

'When I was a little boy, my grandmother sang pieces from Nabucco every day'

Leo also spoke about the life of Giuseppe Verdi and his legacy: 'The mentality of Verdi is the mentality of humanity. Verdi never thought about himself, he thought about people; about humanity.'

Listen to highlights from the event:

Find out more about ROH Insights events

Nabucco runs from 30 March - 26 April 2013. Tickets are still available.

The production is generously sponsored by Rolex. Generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Martin and Jane Houston and the Verdi Syndicate.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

28 March 2013 at 10.01pm

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