Giuseppe VERDI 
Opera in 4 acts
(performing with one interval)
Libretto by 
Temistocle Solera

Running time with interval: 2 hours 30 min.

Director's version of the opera "Nabucco" by Giuseppe Verdi

Nabucco - as a warning of the world tragedy ...

Almost every day on Google in the section "Science" we are warned about some dangerous asteroids approaching the Earth...

Scientists are looking for life outside the Earth on the nearest planets...

In 1841 Giuseppe Verdi in the opera "Nabucco" conveys the anxiety and worries about the Earth Temple before the nightmare of the future to his contemporaries and future generations, feeling the tremble that seized Europe even then, before 1848...

"Maestro of revolution", apart from the innovation in the opera genre, he could recreate space and time in a spiral form in music itself.

The events of the VI century BC. are realized and interpreted by us at the level of new intellectual and emotional comprehension. Verdi unites the past and the present into one chain and his power of thought is revealed in current time with new challenges and threats to the terrestrial civilization.

In most cases theatre responds by staging this opera in the most exigent, dramatic and tragic moments of history.

"Nabucco" as a genius mystical work that appeared on the cutting edge of era, time and style, is not always popular in peaceful times. Its mission is to be a symbol of restoring hope and justice during the highest point of tension and human fear, so it asserts us in the future.

Perhaps, due to this, in our tumultuous times, in Odessa National Opera House arises the idea of ​​staging "Nabucco" by Giuseppe Verdi.

Nowadays, when the world is holding its breath in anticipation of some universal tragedy...

 Temple - Earth becomes defenseless in face of either the Creator’s will or the will of humanity itself.

The Earth is just a poppy seed in spaceward, it is constantly under the threat of collision with extraterrestrial asteroids. In our case, (artist T. Ryndzak) on the stones that are pouring from the sky, the phrases in Hebrew from the Torah are written and the faces of those who guarded and prayed for the Earth Temple are seen.

The army of Nabucco - the king of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar II - looks like a modern unspiritual monster that is ready to wipe out the Holy Temple, being zombified by the power. It presents evil, the essence of which is death.

In face of such a terrible enemy invasion High Priest Zacharias tries to inspire his nation with hope, to save the Temple, invoking God’s salvation.

Here is a contraposition not only between the nations, cultures or world perceptions. Two clearly ideologically hostile world forces are presented here...

The fates of all main characters of the work are dramatic for each one in its own way. However, Nabucco’s destiny is one of the most tragic. The pretentiously defective person, endowed with unlimited power, owning a great country, the most powerful army in the world and technical weapons, he ceases to realize human predestination, the scope of human capabilities.

Then at the highest peak of glory, the Almighty deprives him of common sense. Intelligence abandons the king, he again becomes a blank sheet of paper, but God does not deprive him of love ... love for his daughter Fenene...

Exactly with love Nabucco calls to God of the Jews, asking for the salvation of loving daughter and with love recognizing the power of the Creator over himself and over the world.

The Temple will be saved by his love...

The Earth Temple will be saved by human repentance...

Vasiliy Vovkun
People's Artist of Ukraine

The Cast



November, 2020