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Night Out for Opera Buffs
January 27, 2011   
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The Nabucco opera by the great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi will be staged at the Kongresowa Hall Feb. 6.

The four-act opera had its world premiere at the La Scala in Milan March 9, 1842. It is widely considered to be the masterpiece which made Verdi famous and recognized as one of the most well-known composers ever. The libretto, based on the biblical story of King Nebuchadnezzar (the titular Nabucco) and a theater play by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornue from 1836, was written by Temistocle Solera.

The opera is set in the days when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Judah around 587 BC. The historical events of Jews first being turned into slaves and then expelled from their homeland serve as the backdrop for a political plot of groups at the royal court struggling for influence, and a romantic one dealing with the heartaches of Nebuchadnezzar’s daughters.

In the third act, a choir of Jewish slaves sings a song entitled “Va pensiero,” which is considered the unofficial anthem of Italy. The song was also performed by a 900-strong choir during Verdi’s funeral as his casket was carried along the streets of Milan and 300,000 people bid their farewells. The spectacular production at the Kongresowa Hall will be performed by 150 performers from the Silesian Opera.

Kongresowa Hall, 1 Defilad Sq.

Show starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets zl.30, 40, 50, 65, 85, 100, 115 and 135, available at www.eventim.pl, www.kup-bilet.pl and Kongresowa Hall ticket office, open weekdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m., weekends 11 a.m.-3 p.m. On concert days, open until concert starts, from 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Cash only, no reservations.
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