Dramma lirico in four parts
Libretto by Temistocle Solera after Cortesi's ballet
and Anicel-Bourgeios' and Cornu's play
English translation by Norman Tucker and Tom Hammond
Part I: In Jerusalem
'The glory of Israel is shattered and broken'
Hebrews, Levites, Hebrew maidens
'Take heart, oh my children!'
'When on the shores of Egypt'
'What a tumult'
Chorus, Ismael, Zachariah
'As the shadows before the sunlight'
Recitative and Terzettino
'Fenena! Oh, my beloved!'
'Jehovah falls before us!'
Abigail, Fenena, Ismael
'Once I loved you'
Abigail, Ismael, Fenena
'Have you seen him?'
Hebrew women, Elders, Levites, Soldiers, Zachariah
Part I Finale
'Long live Nabucco!'
Abigail, Chorus, Zachariah, Ismael
'Profaner! You shall not enter!'
'Tremble, you madmen'
Nabucco, Fenena, Anna, Ismael, Zachariah, Hebrews, Levites, Abigail
'You slaves, bow down before me!'
Nabucco, Zachariah, Ismael
'Now my wrath, restrained no longer'
Nabucco, Abigail, Anna, Fenena, Ismael, Zachariah, Hebrews
Part II: The Blasphemy
Scene and Aria
'You have betrayed me, O king accursed. . .'
'The sweet fire of love's enchantment'
Abigail, High Priest, Followers
'On the golden throne of Assyria'
Abigail, Followers, High Priest
'Come, stand beside me'
'Through Thy servant Thou proclaimest Thy commandments'
Chorus of Levites
'Who is there? Who comes to call us'
'Woe to the traitor, he is accursed'
Part II Finale
'Stay your anger, oh my brothers!'
Anna, Chorus of Levites, Zachariah
'But what means this disturbance?'
Fenena, Ismael, Zachariah, Levites, Abdullah, High Priest, Abigail, Nabucco
'The moment approaches of man's retribution'
Nabuco, Abigail, All
'Hear yur king!'
Nabucco, Fenena, High Priest, Zachariah, Soldiers
'Who has stolen my crown and sceptre?'
Nabucco, Zachariah, Abigail
Part III: The Prophecy
'Great and mighty Queen of all Assyria'
'Most noble lady, mighty ruler of Assyria'
High Priest, Abigail, Nabucco, Abdullah
'Woman. . . Who are you?'
'Grey-haried and feeble, behold me'
'Ah, that sound!'
'Oh, have pity on a father in his madness!'
Chorus of Hebrew Slaves
'Speed your journey'
Part III Finale
'Why lament thee? The wailing of women'
'In the darkness I see all the future'
Part IV: The Broken Idol
Prelude, Scene and Aria
'Am I awake or dreaming?'
'Lord God of Judah!'
'Open to me, you shall not stay me!'
Nabuco, Abdullah, Soldiers
'The false, perfidious enemy'
Abdullah, Chorus, Nabucco
Funeral March and Prayer
'Go! The marty's crown of honour will be yours'
'Lo! The sky has opened above me!'
Part IV Finale
'Long live Nabucco!'
Chorus, High Priest, Nabucco, Anna, Fenena, Ismael, Zachariah, Hebrews
'Lord God of Israel. . .'
'My strength. . . is failing. . . my death is near. . .'
Abigail, Hebrews, Zachariah
Alan Opie baritone - Nabucodonosor (Nabucco)
Leonardo Capalbo tenor - Ismael
Alastair Miles bass - Zachariah
Susan Patterson soprano - Abigail
Jane Irwin mezzo-soprano - Fenena
Dean Robinson bass - High Priest of Baal
Paul Wade tenor - Abdullah
Camilla Roberts soprano - Anna
19-22 Septemer 2005 and 13, 14 & 16 July 2006