Production Image of Nabucco, The Royal Opera ©ROH / Catherine Ashmore, 2013


20 December 202123 January 2022
The performance lasts about 2 hours 50 minutes, including one interval.
Main Stage
Opera and music

The tragic story of a desperate father’s descent into madness, his two daughters torn apart by their love for the same man, is set against the epic biblical backdrop of the Israelites’ exile from their homeland in Verdi’s early masterpiece.

The opera was an instant success at its 1842 premiere, with the famed Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (‘Va, pensiero’) taking on an anthemic political resonance that lasts to this day. For this revival of Daniele Abbado’s 2013 production, Daniel Oren conducts Amartuvshin Enkhbat as Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) King of the Babylonians. Anna Netrebko and Liudmyla Monastyrska share the role of the scheming princess Abigaille and Alexander Vinogradov is the high priest Zaccaria.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Season Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Mrs Alfiya Askar Abulkhair and Timur Kuanyshev, Rena and Sandro Lavery and Melinda and Donald Quintin

A co-production with:

La Scala, Milan, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona



Nabucco, King of Babylon, takes Jerusalem in his war with the Israelites – but his daughter Fenena loves the Israelite Ismaele. She releases their prisoners, leading her vengeful half-sister Abigaille to plot to take power. Nabucco declares himself a god and is struck by a bolt of lightning.

Abigaille tricks the now feeble king into signing a death warrant for the Israelites, including Fenena and Ismaele. Nabucco prays to the God of Israel for forgiveness; his sanity is restored and he saves the prisoners from death. He converts himself and his people, while Abigaille commits suicide.


Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicGiuseppe Verdi

LibrettoTemistocle Solera

DirectorDaniele Abbado

Associate directorBoris Stetka

DesignerAlison Chitty

Lighting designerAlessandro Carletti

Video designerLuca Scarzella

MovementSimona Bucci


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

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