Opera review

An admirable ‘Nabucco’ from FGO

 

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Florida Grand Opera's production of Verdi's ‘Nabucco’ continues through Saturday at the Ziff Opera Ballet House of the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and moves to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale Feb. 6 and 8. Susan Neves sings the role of Abigaille Wednesday, Saturday and Feb. 6 and 8. Nelson Martinez sings the role of Nabucco Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets are $11-$175; fgo.org, 800-741-1010.


South Florida Classical Review

The wrath of Jehovah, the Babylonian captivity of the Hebrews and a biblical love triangle unfolded at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami as Florida Grand Opera opened an admirable production of Verdi's Nabucco.

The opera, which tells the story of the oppression of the Hebrews by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), provided the 28-year-old Verdi with his first major success. If Nabucco lacks the overpowering drama and humanity of his mature works, it abounds in melody and the crackling energy that shoots through the composer's operas. Also, in this production at least, the opening-night audience got a chance to sing on Saturday.

Read the review at SouthFloridaClassicalReview.com.

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