George Gagnidze & Liudmyla Monastyrska Lead Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Nabucco’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

Elijah Moshinsky’s classic staging of Verdi’s “Nabucco” is set to return for 14 performances at the Metropolitan Opera.

The production, which opens on Sept. 28, will star Georgian baritone George Gagnidze in the title role. Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska reprises her acclaimed turn as Abigaille which she last sang with the company during the 2016-17 season. OperaWire hailed the soprano stating, “Liudmyla Monastyrska delivered her finest performance at the Metropolitan Opera to date.”

They will be joined by mezzo-soprano Maria Barakova, in her Met role debut, and tenors SeokJong Baek and Rafael Davila. Bass Dmitry Belosselskiy repeats his portrayal of the high priest Zaccaria which OperaWire said “his voice showed strength and brightness.”

Maestro Daniele Callegari conducts.

The opera runs through Jan. 26 and the performance on Jan. 6, 2024 will be transmitted live to movie theaters around the globe as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. The Oct. 4, 11, Dec. 29, and Jan. 6 performances will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 355.