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A new production of Verdi's 'Nabucco' celebrates
the 150th anniversary of Italy's Unification,
reviewed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco' (or 'Nabucodonosor' in its original 1842 title) has, over the decades, become an icon of Italian Risorgimento, the unification movement of the nineteenth century that led to the creation of the Kingdom of Italy on 17 March 1861 in Turin. Thus, it was an obvious choice to provide a new production of the opera for the celebration of the anniversary in the Italian capital, Rome since 1870.
The new production was unveiled in a fully packed Teatro dell'Opera on 12 March -- this report is based on that opening night. On 17 March, the performance is scheduled to be held in a special evening with the presence of the Head of State and of the President of the Councils of Ministers; the opera house will be filled by Italian and international authorities (including many foreign delegations); it will be telecast live in Italy, France, Germany and other European countries. On 21 March, a Verdi concert featuring numbers from Nabucco will be performed in the main hall of the Parliament by the Teatro dell'Opera complex...
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