• Date: 13, 18, 19, 21 and 22 June, 8 p.m.
    16 June, 7 p.m.
  • Hall: Main Auditorium

Bel canto, Ice that Burns

Power, oppression, betrayal, exile, impossible love, religious conflict, and a clash of civilizations. Here is one of the frequent episodes in the history of opera where an actual event at the time of its premiere is told to us metaphorically, veiled in a historic transposition. In the Jerusalem and Babylonia of the 6th century B.C., the public of 1842 established an association between the ordeal of the Jewish people and the spirit of the Risorgimento (Italian nationalism). This was a way to shout out against the foreign oppression from which they were suffering at that moment.

The opera was Nabucco, an accidental commission which was received grudgingly but became a turning point for the future of Verdi. It reactivated his interest to compose -Verdi’s wife and two children had died in a two-year period – and initiated his “galley years”, that period of one success after another and a compulsive period of work which resulted in 17 operas in 12 years. Verdi’s assent began with Nabucco, a dramma lirico in four parts which erupted in the overture with a force of power unknown until then, and which extended through to the end of the work with stunning melodic progression, a breathtaking dramatic crescendo, a psychological study of its characters that was ahead of its time and a chorus that was carefully sculpted as one more element of the action. A high impact opera brimming with unforgettable moments.

There will be six performances with a double cast of markedly Hispanic names, led by baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez and soprano María José Siri, along with bass- baritone Simón Orfila, in a new in-house production of the Maestranza, shared with other international theatres. The stage direction is by Christiane Jatahy and Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducts the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro de la Maestranza.


Libretto by Temistocle Solera. Premiere at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan on March 9, 1842.
  • Musical director: Francesco Ivan Ciampa / Gaetano Lo Coco*
  • Stage Director: Christiane Jatahy
  • Lights and set design: Thomas Walgrave
  • Costume design: An D'Huys

New production at the Teatro de la Maestranza in coproduction with the Grand Théâtre (Genève),Théâtres de la Ville (Luxemburg) and the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla
Coro Teatro de la Maestranza

  • Nabucco: Juan Jesús Rodríguez / Damiano Salerno*
  • Abigaille: María José Siri / Maribel Ortega*
  • Zaccaria: Simón Orfila / Dario Russo*
  • Fenena: Alessandra Volpe / Mónica Redondo*
  • Ismaele: Antonio Corianò / Santiago Vidal*
  • High Priest: Luis López Navarro
  • Anna: Carmen Buendía
  • Abdallo: Andrés Merino
  • 18 y 21 de junio: *

Francisco Ivan Ciampa

A recipient of many awards, he has collaborated and been invited on a regular basis to London, Berlin, Genoa, Venice, and Munich, among others, to conduct at the Teatro di San Carlo (Naples) or the orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice (Venice), in productions such as La traviata, Nabucco, L'elisir d'amore or Rigoletto.

Christiane Jatahy

Author, theatre director and filmmaker, she graduated in Theatre and Journalism. Recognised internationally as one of the most important Brazilian creators, her work establishes a dialogue between different artistic areas and questions the boundaries between reality and fiction, actor and character, theatre and audiovisual media.

Panel discussion

Parallel activities

En torno a... Nabucco

June 12. 7 p.m.

Press Room (access by the reception of the Theater)
Admission free on a first-come basis

Asociación Sevillana de Amigos de la Ópera In collaboration with Teatro de la Maestranza

Photo: © Emilio Morenatti