Nabucco is the short name for Nabucodonosor (English: “Nebuchadnezzar”). Giuseppe Verdi composed the opera in 1841. It was based on the Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera and based on the biblical books in which the Jewish people strive for freedom from Babylonian captivity.
On March 9, 1842, the premiere took place at La Scala in Milan. This is how Giuseppe Verdi became famous.
Because of its beautiful and memorable melodies, the opera is one of the most popular operas of all. The freedom choir (choir of the Hebrew slaves) is of central importance. “Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate” – Fly thought on golden wings!