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10 July 1979 (France) See more »
Set during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), King of Babylon, the opera tells the tale of Nabucco's fictitious daughters, Abigaille and Fenena, who are rivals for the love of Ismaele, nephew of the King of Jerusalem. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Sherrill Milnes ... Nabucco
Carlo Costa ... Ismaele

Ruggero Raimondi ... Zaccaria
Grace Bumbry ... Abigaille
Viorica Cortez ... Fenena
Marc Vento ... Le grand pretre
Robert Dumé ... Abdalo
Janine Boulogne ... Anna
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
L' Orchestre de les Choeur de l'Opéra National de Paris ... Orchestre et choeurs (as Orchestre de les choeurs du Théatre National de l'Opéra de Paris)
Nello Santi ... Himself - Direction musicale

Directed by
André Flédérick 
Writing credits
Temistocle Solera (libretto)

Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois  play "Nabuchodonosor" (uncredited)
Francis Cornu  play "Nabuchodonosor" (uncredited)
Antonio Cortesi  ballet "Nabuchodonosor" (uncredited)

Film Editing by
Christiane Coutel 
Production Design by
Beni Montresor 
Costume Design by
Beni Montresor 
Makeup Department
Claudine Grumelart .... makeup artist
Catherine Thierry .... hair stylist
Production Management
Paul Letailleur .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Catherine Benevant .... assistant director
Jean-François Genty .... assistant director
Art Department
Gérard Recasnes .... property master
Sound Department
Michel Lepage .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Auriat .... camera operator
Raymond Beheulière .... vision engineer
Jacques Brujard .... camera operator
Philippe Dumolard .... camera operator
Pierre Georget .... lighting technician
Jacques Gounaud .... camera operator
Yves Senon .... camera operator
Jean Spinas .... lighting technician
Music Department
Evelyne Accart .... music recording director
Alain Boizenblat .... music consultant: for TV
Jean Laforge .... chorus master
Nello Santi .... conductor
Giuseppe Verdi .... music by
Other crew
Nada Alekan .... script supervisor
Marc Cheifetz .... assistant stage director
Richard Dembo .... assistant stage director
Georges Dutter .... subtitler
Robert Gilles .... stage manager
Henri Ronse .... directed for stage

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128 min
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A worthy DVD, 21 January 2008
Author: sarastro7

Being something of a novice when it comes to opera, this is the first full version of Nabucco I have seen. I checked the DVD out from the library, and although the picture quality isn't excellent, the sound recording definitely makes this version worthy of its DVD release. The music and singing are absolutely top-notch, more than making up for a silly, bumbling and boring story. I recommend watching this without the subtitles, as the text will only distract, and detract, from the music.

The best singer here is Abigaille (Grace Bumbry), but the entire cast have fine voices. Verdi is to opera what Shakespeare is to literature, and his singular talent for opera is demonstrated by the way this composer always gives precedence to the voices. The music, suitably great and grand as it is, always plays back-up to the voices, never drowning them out like certain other composers one might mention (*cough* Wagner *cough*).

I rate this production a humble 7 out of 10, for although very little is wrong with the music, the scenography is less than innovative. It is classical, to be sure, but Nabucco is one of those operas that do not benefit from a classical production, because the story is obsolete and not very interesting in its original form. Turning it into some sort of flashy avant-garde surrealist exercise, as I understand is done in many subsequent productions, serves this tale far better. What's important to modern stagings of this opera in particular is to maintain the music, and keep reinventing the setting so that it backs up the music and singing through innovative and imaginative visual impressions. Forget the story and the meaning of the lyrics and focus on amplifying the emotional impact of the brilliant music and the voices.

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