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Verdi's Nabucco. Photograph: D. Sakalakis/Greek National Opera

NABUCCO by the Greek National Opera

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Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus
When: 1, 3, 6, 8 June 2018
Why Go: see Verdi's classic opera beneath the Acropolis

One of Verdi’s most popular operas, Nabucco will be presented at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival.

A watershed moment in Verdi’s career, Nabucco put an end to a string of failures for the composer and marked the end of a period of great sadness in his life. The opera is perhaps best known for the chorus of the Hebrew slaves, serving as a quasi-national hymn for Italy, expressing Italians’ collective resistance against the Austrian occupation. Nabucco is also well-known for its demanding baritone, soprano and bass roles.

Nabucco Athens Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

Verdi’s Nabucco. Photograph: D. Sakalakis/Greek National Opera

Presented by the Greek National Opera, the celebrated Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias will portray the title role, having already received acclaim for this performance at prestigious venues around the world, including the Royal Opera House, the Bavarian State Opera and the Opera Stuttgart among others.

Nabucco Athens Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

Verdi’s Nabucco. Photograph: D. Sakalakis/Greek National Opera

The performance will be directed by Leo Muscato, a rising star of Italian opera, in his first ever collaboration with the Greek National Opera. Distinguished for his direction of Verdi and Puccini operas, Muscato has seen his performances presented at some of the top opera houses in Italy.

Why Athens Tip: The performance will be accompanied by English subtitles.

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