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Your reaction: Nabucco in cinemas 2013

Audience tweets from our cinema relay of Verdi's epic opera, starring opera legend Plácido Domingo.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

30 April 2013 at 12.52pm | 25 Comments

Your reaction: Nabucco in cinemas

Your tweets from our cinema relay Verdi's epic opera, starring opera legend Plácido Domingo.

Storified by Royal Opera House· Tue, Apr 30 2013 04:52:16

Nabucco live now from Royal Opera House #rohnabucco Placido Domingo in comfort of my local cinema for £14. Is this future of opera? MaybeJohn Suchet
To eat hot-dog in entre-act of opera, to sip coke during arias - an very different spectator experience ;) #ROHnabuccoValentina Borovaya
Confusing production, but faultless singing. Domingo hasn't lost anything as a bari and Monastyrska is stunning as Abigaille #ROHNabuccoMoray Macdonald
#rohnabucco is absolutely amazing; quality is beautiful and the explanations before each act make it so accessible. Viva nabucco ;-)Mickey Carroll
Nabucco - Verdi's use of the chorus (The Royal Opera)royaloperahouse
@RoyalOperaHouse Huge thanks, totally amazed by #rohnabucco in cinema from #barcelona 100% recomended @PlacidoDomingo Liudmyla Chorus thx!!!kilianriera
I wonder if the actors are even more focused than usual seeing as thousands of people have such a close up view of them #RohnabuccoCoral Summers
#ROHnabucco Domingo is always a "tenore" but is a great artist. Production is perfect!! Cinema Tiberio Rimini, ItalyCinema Tiberio
#ROHnabucco wow! Monastyrska, Domingo and the chorus were exceptional. A privilege to hear them at Wycombe tonight!Tim James
Marianna Pizzolato as Fenena and Plácido Domingo and Nabucco in The Royal Opera's Nabucco © ROH/Catherine AshmoreRoyal Opera House Covent Garden
People in the cinema are discussing abigaille's amazing range and how pleased they are to see the faces of the singers #rohnabuccoBekki
#ROHNabucco Passionate, brilliant. Placido D, oh man! Heartbreaking. Vitalij Kowaljow,Liudmyla Monastryska fab. Live tx big screen -big tickLucy Gannon
First class singing by all, superb acting by Domingo, sadly production is lazy, unclear, it doesn't help at all the drama :-( #ROHnabuccoTzcttwit
Crikey that's some singing. Not sure I'm entirely on top of the plot. But bloody good. #ROHnabucco #TopNightOutHelen Walker
#rohnabucco first time watching an opera. Quite something!!! Definitely a thing to experience once in your life. Stunning voices from all! Joe Blackman

What did you think of Nabucco?


By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

30 April 2013 at 12.52pm

This article has been categorised Opera, Screening and tagged by Daniele Abbado, cinema, Cinema relay, delayed live, Nabucco, Placido Domingo, verdi, your reaction

This article has 25 comments

  1. Marita Maanselka responded on 30 April 2013 at 1:40pm Reply

    Placido Domingo is God's gift to the Earth, who can never be replaced by nobody in a million years <3

  2. Tony Denny responded on 30 April 2013 at 2:31pm Reply

    Placido Domingo goes from strength to strength-I find his contribution to the opera world-and music in general-remarkable, and is truly a star eclipsing the stars.
    His performance in Nabucco was a tear jerker. The duet with Liudmyla Monastyrska rivetting. We are fortunate that he can still gives us his all.

  3. Jill Ritzema responded on 30 April 2013 at 3:04pm Reply

    Magnificent singing and acting in Nabucco. The cinema was full - so obviously popular and people were so engaged they were clapping along with the live audience. Is anyone in government understanding that, with reasonable access and cost, opera is not just for the minority?

  4. maria stuarda responded on 30 April 2013 at 4:20pm Reply

    superba l'interpretazione della Monastyrska! approppriata anche l'ambientazione nel '900 Sembra quasi che il testo parli proprio degli
    orrori perpetrati contro gli ebrei dalle dittature moderne.Un bellissimo spettacolo, al quale ho assistito con una quarantina di amici melomani nella sala cinematografica di Agnosine(BS)

  5. Alan Chambers responded on 30 April 2013 at 6:00pm Reply

    We saw it live at the ROH on one of the evenings that was recorded for the cinema relay. The performances were outstanding - we were particularly impressed by Liudmyla Monastyrska's powerful Abigail, but really they were all fantastic - the chorus, orchestra and conducting were all superb. It was therefore sad that the sets and costumes made the whole thing hopelessly confusing for me, so that I really struggled to know who was who or where they were supposed to be a lot of the time.

  6. Michael Davidson-Paine responded on 30 April 2013 at 6:49pm Reply

    Great night out in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Domingo great, shame that the woman 2 seats away had to eat popcorn , drink Pepsi & talk all through acts 1&2

  7. ZSQ900 responded on 30 April 2013 at 6:51pm Reply

    Fantastic to be able to see it all over the world in cinemas. Thank you ROH but hopefully ROH and other opera houses will get the message that the audience hated this production and will stop paying ridiculous fees for such poor productions. Without Plácido & Liudmyla it would have been terrible. The Chorus & Orchestra and the rest of the cast did a great job as well. Such a shame that a director can ruin such a beautiful opera.

  8. John Goldman responded on 30 April 2013 at 7:03pm Reply

    A production of sophosication and power that some minnows in the press couldn't be expected to appreciate. I'm delighted to have caught this version of Nabucco in the cinema where you can see snd hear much more than in any opera house. The voices and acting were up there with the best ever. I wasn't actually looking forward to this as Nabucco hasn't been a favourite of mine, but from the overture onwards I was enthralled. Thanks ROH.

    • David Glynn responded on 13 June 2013 at 1:25pm

      Sophistication? Power? I saw neither. Quite good to look at and quite inoffensive, but undramatic and confusing.

  9. HFB responded on 30 April 2013 at 8:05pm Reply

    For countries which can not enjoy the luxury of having such an opera performance be staged there, cinema production would be greatly welcomed and appreciated... Cinema and opera are two different experiences and for so many plays they lasted far too long despite of cinema production...

  10. Yes everyone out here who loves Good Music, finest Entertainment must like to see this Opera!!! Everyone can´t go to Metropolitan or Barcelona etc....Good Music and Good Artists will bee seen even on a Screen. I have done it sometimes! And it´s just Lovely and we have a nearness with details never seen Before!
    Ohh this will be GREATER THAN GREAT!!! I just love thet Artist, as Human too... Hes my absolute Favorite!!! Voice and Smile = Placido Domingo!

  11. Dragos Cojocaru responded on 1 May 2013 at 7:31am Reply

    Domingo is God! I was so lucky to meet him live at the ROH, and then again with the HD version!

    • Lieve responded on 1 May 2013 at 2:34pm

      And so did we !!!! We totally agree for >300 % ! Now looking forward to a DVD of these stunning performances. Thank you ROH !?

  12. Peter Erdos responded on 1 May 2013 at 11:11am Reply

    Having seen a disappointing performance in the theatre (1st April) I went to see the cinema performance, which I found totally absorbing thanks to Domingo and Monastryska in particular. The production I found even more confusing than in the theatre as in the close ups you really could not see much difference between Hebrews and Assyrians, (even the subtitles did not work for the first 15 minutes) . The back projection was unnecesary and just added to the confusion.
    I thought Domingo's interpretation was far better than Nucci , both vocally and dramatically. Monastryska is just sensational ( there were echoes of the great Elena Souliotis back in 1972)and all the other singers sounded much better than in the theatre.. The chorus was superb and all in all it was a very satisfying musical experience in the cinema!
    I also found it much more affordable in a better seat!!!!

  13. Marita Maanselka responded on 1 May 2013 at 1:30pm Reply

    Placido Domingo made me feel ALIVE !!!

  14. Mark Knowles responded on 1 May 2013 at 3:17pm Reply

    Can we have this on DVD please? Stunning.

  15. Celia Lewis responded on 2 May 2013 at 9:16am Reply

    Domingo was absolutely superb,what a wonderful performance. All the soloists were wonderful, but Domingo was exceptional - his acting and his superb singing, he is a Master of his art - and the chorus were also inspiring, and it was so nice to see and meet some of them before the opera started. My only adverse comment is the set which was awful, it added nothing to this lovely opera, why not keep to traditional sets ? I admit I am a traditionalist and hate modern sets - it's the set that helps to make the production a total experience.Overall a wonderful opera and the explanation by Pappano was just right, and set the scene, as it is several years since I had seen this opera and had forgotten some of the plot.

  16. Matt responded on 7 May 2013 at 10:56pm Reply

    Loved it - but the Odeon South Woodford had no subtitles for the entirety - was it meant to be like that? A little elitist I thought as my Italian is not up to much!
    Was very thankful for Pappano's explanations. We also suffered dropped audio a couple of times so something must have been up,

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 9 May 2013 at 8:03pm

      Hi Matt

      Certainly should have had subtitles! Occasionally cinemas have technical problems, although we do provide test events for them to check their receipt of our stream and elements such as subtitles.



  17. Renata responded on 10 May 2013 at 12:11pm Reply

    Amazing production! Domingo and Monastryska were both exceptional... and so was the conductor Luisotti.
    Enjoyed every moment despite the lack of subtitles at the beginning! Loved the contrast between the simplicity of the set and costumes and the force behind the acting and the voices.
    More, please!

  18. j Michel Puch responded on 12 May 2013 at 11:35pm Reply

    merci merci merci scottsdale az usa

  19. Marita Maanselka responded on 13 May 2013 at 11:06am Reply

    The whole essence of Placido Domingo creates positive energy for full audiences. His voice is giving more than enough for everyone.

  20. Peter Hadden responded on 8 June 2013 at 8:46pm Reply

    Stunning at the ROH in April.
    Even better tonight on Radio 3.
    Cinema in France later in the month.
    We will all be poorer when he is forced to settle for conducting.

  21. tass cotton responded on 21 July 2013 at 4:40pm Reply

    please, any chance of purchasing a DVD of this production? I would love to be able to watch this many times over the coming years. Absolutely beautiful..

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