Nabucco

I’m at the opera with a long-time reader of this blog. We are seeing Nabucco, an opera I love because it contains my favorite “Va, pensiero.” It was long considered (maybe mistakenly, but who cares?) a hymn of hopeful nationalism. And we all know how I feel about nationalist, especially now that it’s agonizing.

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5 thoughts on “Nabucco”

  1. I have mixed feelings about Nabucco, some great stuff but the female lead, Abigaille, has a distinguished history as a voice killer (some of it is purely insane) and quite probably helped cut the career of the soprano who first sang it short (she later became the second Mrs Verdi).
    No matter the original intention va pensiero became a de facto symbol of Italian nationalism.

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