Artist Of The Week: José Cura To Put His Mark On ‘Nabucco’ In Prague

By Francisco Salazar

Over the years José Cura has distinguished himself as one of the great dramatic tenors of his generation singing such roles as the title role of “Otello,” “Tannhauser,” “Peter Grimes” and Samson in “Samson et Dalila.” His vocal prowess combined with his acting have made for some unforgettable performances.

But Cura has not only become a distinguished performer, he has also become a top opera director in the world, helming some of the most beloved works in the repertoire including “Otello,” “Pagliacci/Cavalleria Rusticana,” “La Rondine,” “La Bohème” and “Turandot.” This week he adds another work to his resume directing his first ever “Nabucco” at the Prague State Opera. Over the years his stage work has been hailed by critic noting, “he primarily singlehandedly controls all of the various functions that build a performance.” They have also noted, “Cura masters the director’s craft” and “an artist who creates and crafts an integrated, total work of art.” With such acclaim, there is no doubt audiences and critics will be delighted by his upcoming production.

And for those who are not present in Prague, Cura will take on a directing gig at the Tallinn opera and his “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” will be revived at the San Francisco Opera. He will also continue to tour around Europe throughout the summer.


For those not familiar with Cura’s directing style here is a behind the scenes look at his “Samson et Dalila.”


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