Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless masterpiece is staged by one of the world’s best directors in the opera in the quarry.
In the 2022 season, Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece “Nabucco” is on the program. The work, which was shown as the very first opera in the quarry in 1996, was last on the program in 2007 in St. Margarethen. Now it is returning as a new staging in the unique rocky landscape of the quarry. The production will premiere on July 13, 2022.
The award-winning Spanish director Francisco Negrin will direct. He is active in the opera as well as in the world of stadium and arena events and is considered one of the best directors in the world. As part of a press conference, Esterhazy – in the presence of Esterhazy general director Stefan Ottrubay, opera-in-the-quarry director Daniel Serafin and Francisco Negrin – now presented the set and the costumes.
“The play is about a decadent society that is destroying man and nature. The quarry itself is naturally part of nature, it is a product of nature. And the decades-long tradition of performing Passion Plays in St. Margarethen also demonstrates that that there is a deep connection between the landscape and the spiritual, “explains Francisco Negrin.
The criticism of the anti-nature lifestyle of Babylonian society is also expressed visually: In keeping with the background of the stage design by Thanassis Demiris – who studied architecture in the USA, Great Britain and the Czech Republic – the focus of the stage concept is the ongoing construction of a monumental Babylonian palace. The partly minimalist-simple, partly futuristic costumes of the costume designer Pepe Corzo perfectly reflect the different societies.
Alvise Caselatti conducts top-class star ensemble
With the conductor Alvise Caselatti, a proven specialist in Italian operas stands at the podium of the opera in the quarry. Nabucco is played by the American baritone Lucas Meachem, who shares the role with Aris Argiris and Leo An. Nabucco’s daughter Fenena alternates between the Slovenian mezzo-soprano Monika Bohinec and Marie Luise Dreßen. The internationally acclaimed sopranos Evgenia Muraveva, Ewa Płonka and Astrik Khanamiryan could be engaged for the role of Abigaille.
Daniel Serafin is looking forward to the upcoming season: “Giuseppe Verdi’s magnificent music, a rousing story and the joy of being able to present a top-class ensemble are my driving force for the coming season. Believe me, this production of ‘Nabucco’ will be good for all of us According to the words ‘Fly, thought, on golden wings’ of the famous prison choir, our thoughts are already drawn into this unique experience. ” (as)
You can find impressions from the press conference here.