Verdi: Nabucco, Lyric Opera Chicago, 2016 (detail) View full image

Carlo Rizzi conducts Nabucco in Chicago

On 23 January Carlo Rizzi begins his anacrusis on the Lyric Opera of Chicago's series of performances of Nabucco. The production will run for seven performances until 12 February.  

Following the spectacular failure of his second opera, Un giorno di regno, Verdi vowed never to compose another. But he was lured back to the theatre by Bartolomeo Merelli, the impresario of La Scala, Milan, with the commission for Nabucco. The resulting opera was a triumph - first performed in 1842, it was revived the same year with a run of 57 shows. As Verdi wrote: ‘with this opera, it can truly be said that my artistic career began.'