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Katharina Thoma directs Nabucco in Nordhausen

German director Katharina Thoma's new production of Verdi's Nabucco will premiere on 22 January at Theater Nordhausen. Katharina's production will run for eight performances until 6 May. 

What was it that made Verdi's Nabucco such a pivotal piece in his career? It was by no means solely the critical failure of his previous opera, Un giorno di regno, that was responsible, either. After all, Verdi had endured the worst of times not long before. As well as the death of both his children, he had lost his wife.

The public hammering over Un giorno di regno saw Verdi inside his agent's office, telling him his musical career was over. Suddenly envisaging the death of Italian opera or his 10 percent, or both, the agent proffered a copy of a libretto by a writer named Solera. "Read it," he begged him. The story goes that Verdi read it on his journey home and by the time he had arrived at his house, the words ‘Va, pensiero' had captured his imagination. He was back. And when the opera was a smash at Teatro alla Scala, Milan in 1842 then he was back with a vengeance!