Listen: Leo Nucci on playing Nabucco
The Italian baritone on Verdi as a towering figure of Italian art, and his own childhood.
28 March 2013 at 10.01pm | Comment on this article
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:
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.