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Your Reaction: Verdi’s Nabucco 2016

What did you think of the return of Daniele Abbado’s powerful production of Verdi’s epic opera?

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

7 June 2016 at 2.45pm | 15 Comments

Press reviews:

The Guardian ★★★
The Stage ★★★
The Telegraph ★★★

Read the reactions to the 2013 production of Nabucco

What did you think of Nabucco?
Let us know via the comments below.

Nabucco runs 6–30 June 2016. Tickets are still available.

The performance on 9 June 2016 will be broadcast live to outdoor screens around the UK for free – find a screening near you.

The production is a co-production with La Scala, MilanLyric Opera of Chicago and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, and is generously supported by Rolex and the Friends of Covent Garden.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

7 June 2016 at 2.45pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Daniele Abbado, Nabucco, Placido Domingo, Production, reaction, review, Social Media, your reaction

This article has 15 comments

  1. Antonella Gasbarri responded on 7 June 2016 at 6:21pm Reply

    Placido Domingo is a sublime Nabucco!!! Wonderful, fantastic voice!! Magnificent , unsurpassable acting and scenic presence!!! He's the BEST!!! Always!!!!!
    And Monastyrka is a splendid Abigaille!!

  2. Anthony Smith responded on 8 June 2016 at 2:23pm Reply

    What a shame that such a splendid cast is wasted and not shown at their best in a vacuous, dreary production. It was no good when new so why revive it? There must be better productions around that could have been borrowed. Mr. Domingo is a phenomenon, however, and everyone should take every opportunity to hear him live . We will not see his like again!

  3. Margaret P responded on 8 June 2016 at 3:07pm Reply

    Wonderful singing and music from everyone, an honour to hear Placido Domingo sing live. Special mention to John Relyea and Liudmyla Monastyrska. However the ' the 50 shades of grey' company styling and sets did make it very difficult at times to discern where the principals were on stage.
    Still a brilliant evening.

  4. Peter Hill responded on 9 June 2016 at 4:54pm Reply

    Wonderful singing but what a grey staging ... what happened to the red flames and god background of your adverts which would have livened up this dreary production substantially, what happened to the thunderbolt and what happened to the many other staging effects that would have made the production less boring.

  5. Jackie Miller responded on 9 June 2016 at 8:25pm Reply

    Really looked forward to this but so far disappointed. Domingo lacks force and looks tired. Don't think it really takes off looking for more drama and fire. Chorus however are excellent.

  6. Tonyharrison responded on 9 June 2016 at 8:34pm Reply

    Sound not loud enough on big screen

  7. Cade responded on 10 June 2016 at 7:35pm Reply

    This is a terrible production, unintelligent and mediocre. Yet in spite of the lavish mediocrity of the production the profound integrity and force of Verdi's artistry outshone the inept staging. With the art of the singers, especially the profound culture of Domingo and the passionate Monostryka, the composers artistic intent was brought to life. The acoustic of the chorus was ill served by the stage huddling in a dense tight circle during 'Va pensiero' but the chorus and chorus master managed remarkably to largely overcome the ignorant staging and make it a moving and inspiring moment. Many shallow and technically incompetent productions such as this now disappointingly litter the repetoire but hopefully new producers will appear and artistic insight and inspiration will be restored at ROH. The seasons wonderful opener, Orphee et Euridyce, showed what is possible with focused intelligent attention. This production however is from the trough of mediocrity. In this performance of Nabucco the composer wins with a somewhat muted but flowing musical approach under Muarizio Benini's orchestral direction and with some glorious singing and the heartening culture of Domingo, hugely appreciated by a rapt audience. A memorable evening.

  8. Tatsiana responded on 13 June 2016 at 10:55pm Reply

    Domingo is great! Va pensiero is beautiful!Chorus is magnificent!

  9. Anne Culver responded on 16 June 2016 at 5:40pm Reply

    Chorus was excellent as was Placido - giving his usual 110% to both singing and acting. Both female leads were good as was Zaccaria. But rifles were totally out of character! Much of the atmosphere was lost with the background screen and trying to sort out who was who with the awful monotone costumes.

  10. Martin Spiro responded on 16 June 2016 at 6:56pm Reply

    We only saw the dress rehearsal but enjoyed the soloists and did not think we missed much by not seeing Domingo. The chorus as usual was outstanding, as were the orchestra under Benini.
    We had seen this production before and it is still dreadful. The costumes are drab the whole production is static and it is difficult to distinguish the various characters as they are all dressed alike.
    The gratuitous agit-prop is old hat. Attempts to equate events with the holocaust to obvious and gross.

  11. Peter Craven responded on 16 June 2016 at 7:28pm Reply

    I didn’t know the opera so this is a naive opinion. For the first three quarters I was bored and not getting the usual ‘feel-good factor’ from Verdi. But when Nabucco (Domingo) sang his aria from face-down on the floor his voice projected with amazing warmth and clarity and I was completely keyed-in from that point on - and felt uplifted the next day.

    I didn’t like the set though perhaps the sparse imagery would mean more to those with more imagination. The jerky black-and-white movies projected at the back were just a distraction as far as I was concerned.

    (BTW I was sitting in the Ampitheatre, seat N44, and there was a mains hum/buzz coming from the right and audible in the quieter passages. Presumably this will be fixed for future performances.)

  12. Stefanie Uhl responded on 17 June 2016 at 10:22am Reply

    Plácido Domingo was sublime and the best Nabucco I ever saw! Wonderful voice, colouring according to the emotions from powerful to fragile, fantastic acting and scene presence. Bravo!!! Brava also to Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille. Great chorus! Sorry about the production! If I didn't know the score, I still would wonder who was who - Hebrews and Babylonians were indiscernible!

  13. Howard Ripley responded on 17 June 2016 at 10:28am Reply

    Superb singing by all including the chorus.The orchestra too was in fine form. Yes, difficult to tell who was who. Its a brave singer who dares to sing a duet with Monastryska as her voice is so incredibly powerful. Bravo Placido!! And a special mention for Placido's knees. For a 75 year old to collapse to the floor so many times and to get up so easily was truly impressive!

  14. Ashley responded on 22 June 2016 at 3:02pm Reply

    I attended on Tuesday June 21.
    It's just as well that the the music is dramatic, because the staging of this production isn't. The narrative isn't the clearest if one relies solely on the music, and on Solera's indifferent libretto, so the staging should provide the necessary cues, nuances, and details the audience requires to follow the drama. In this drab production, those elements are absent. It could just as well have been a concert performance, and perhaps would have been better if it had been. It was a bit like watching a bus queue..... So, fine choral work, and mostly functional singing from the principals, and the orchestral playing was excellent as always, but a failed staging, not helped by an Abigaile and a Fenena who were all but identical in appearance.

  15. Vivien Raisman responded on 5 July 2016 at 11:28pm Reply

    Very harrowing production.. Setting it in the 2nd world war was a terrible mistake. We also did not hear Domingo as it was one of his many nights off, Very disappointed indeed.

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