Plácido Domingo heads to the cinemas on Saturday as he returns to the role of Verdi’s “Nabucco” as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series.
The performance will feature Domingo in the title role, for which he has garnered rave reviews. OperaWire noted that the role “fits him like a glove… At 75, his voice, while possessing an edge and wider vibrato, is still as imposing as ever.”
The opera, set to a libretto by Temistocle Solera, is based on the biblical narrative of King Nabuccodonosor who’s blasphemy forces him into a spiritual struggle.
The opera also features Liudmyla Monastyrska as the villainous Abigaile while also boasting a supporting cast of Dmitry Belosselskiy as Zaccaria, Jamie Barton as Nabucco’s daughter Fenena and Russell Thomas as Ismaele. James Levine conducts.
This is the final performance of “Nabucco” at the Met this season.
The broadcast gets started at 12:55 p.m. EST in select movie theaters around the world. Those unable to make it to the cinema can also stream the performance via radio.
This is the fourth opera in this season’s series. The first showcase of Live in HD in 2016-17 was Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” which was followed up by Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin.”
The Metropolitan Opera started its Live in HD series during the 2006-07 season with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” on Dec. 30, 2006. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company saw revenues for the series soar from $5 million in its debut year to over $60 million in 2013-14.
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