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Nabucco

This is the opera that made Verdi famous overnight, performed here with the all-star cast that introduced the work to the Met shortly before this broadcast. Thomas Schippers' superb conducting galvanized the Met orchestra and chorus, to say nothing of the magnificent soloists, headed by Cornell MacNeil as the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, who loses his throne to his demented, scheming daughter, played by a blazing Leonie Rysanek. Majestic bass Cesare Siepi is the high priest Zaccaria. The opera is still a rarity and this rendition is legendary.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Dec 3, 1960
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist
Temistocle Solera, based on the play Nabuchodonosor by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornu
Run Time
1 HRS 51 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Thomas Schippers
Abigaille
Leonie Rysanek
Fenena
Rosalind Elias
Ismaele
Eugenio Fernandi
Nabucco
Cornell MacNeil
Zaccaria
Cesare Siepi
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