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Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco
Leo Nucci (Nabucco), Bruno Ribeiro (Ismaele), Dimitra Theodossious (Abagaille), Riccardo Zanellato (Zaccaria), Anna Maria Chiuri (Fenena), Allesandro Spina (The High Priest of Baal), Mauro Buffoli (Abdallo), Christina Giannelli (Anna), Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Martino Faggiani (Chorus Master), Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma Michele Mariotti (Conductor), Daniele Abbado (Stage Director), Luigi Perego (Set and Costume Designer), Valerio Alfier (Lighting Designer), Tiziano Mancini (Video Director)
Recorded live at the Teatro Regio di Parma (October 12-14, 2009) – 147’ (including bonus introduction)
C Major Entertainment # 720408 (distributed by Naxos of America) – Booklet in English, German, French and Italian – Subtitles available in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Son of famed conductor Claudio Abbado, Daniele Abbado’s Nabucco is personalized by Caroline Lang in this most articulated and dramatically taught production. Giuseppe Verdi’s third opera comes with added punch from varying creative avenues making this Nabucco a memorable night at the opera.

Michele Mariotti torques vibrancy via the youthful channel of the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma. The ultimate factor enables principals to convey their own character with heftier approach. Several singers are firmly planted within Verdian boundaries, enabling greater palpability and sincere connect. Leo Nucci is able to dramatically transform the Babylon King’s personality change with stature and substance. The difficult job in singing the role of Abigaille is assigned to Dimitra Theodossiou whose proficiency of the music and connection with her character is simply grand. Bruno Ribeiro sings his tenor role with angular gesticulation while falling in love with Anna Maria Chiuri’s Fenena who exhibits an earthy anchored soprano range. On opposing religious scales we find Alessandro Spina singing with limpid value while Riccardo Zanellato carrying forth with richly rounded qualities in the role of Zaccaria.

A nicely grounded, subdued palette of gray, beige and black formulates Luigi Perego’s costuming for both the Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma and principals which tends to cross a wide timeline, working beautifully alongside the accentuations of lighting by Valerio Alfier. All designer disciplines help brace pivotal moments inside the score.

The overall expressive qualities can be seen remarkably well through the efforts of video directing by Tiziano Mancini. C Major and Tutto Verdi have an undeniable reason for celebration. Viva Verdi!

Christie Grimstad




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